CONTENTS FOR MARCH, 1894.
The Six Scholar Poets Kate Morgan Ward 279
Lalia Florence Annette Wing, y 92 290
John Stuart Mill: A Sketch .... Annie B. Tomlinson, ' 98 290
To Mt. Monadnock at Sunrise E. K.,'96 297
La Martyre Chretienne Mary Grace Caldwell, '55 297
The Twilight L. C. M. 301
In the Land or Scott E.J.W.,'91 301
To Borrow or to Lend? 305
Random Bits 309
The Free Press 315
Book Reviews 323
College Notes 329
Society Notes 331
Alumnae Notes 333
Marriages, Births, Deaths 336
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THE SIX SCHOLAR POETS.
TAKING a little liberty with Mr. Simond's phrase, I wish, under the title
of "The Six Scholar Poets," to speak of John Lyly, Robert Greene,
George Peele, Thomas Lodge, Thomas Nash and Christopher Marlowe.
Whoever is interested in the English drama turns back with special regard
to these heralds of the daybreak, Shakespeare's immediate predecessors. The
history of literature presents men-of-letters largely in groups. The age is
ripe and the giants appear, gathering about them the talent that has been
mysteriously waiting. These circles are of special interest, because the men
who form them are united by personal friendship or mutual endeavor and
reflect and interpret their times from various points of view. The study of
such a circle vividly emphasizes the features of the age, while bringing out
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the characteristics of the individual author. The new life that surged
through England during the sixteenth century lias the charm of pageant
and romance and a deeper significance in the awakening of a great people
to passion and thought. The literary movement that swept with over-
powering strength through the latter half of Elizabeth's reign was announced
by these six scholar poets.
The new learning was at length ready to unite with passionate action and
produce the English drama. The men who were the first to attempt joining
these elements were trained in the universities and in London. Oxford
claims John Lyl} r , George Peele and Thomas Lodge ; Cambridge, Robert
Greene, Thomas Nash and Christopher Marlowe. The poets of the Oxford
group were college contemporaries. Of the Cambridge scholars, we may
conjecture that a college acquaintance existed between Greene and Nash,
for, when the latter went to London, lie began at once to work with Greene.
Marlowe took his Bachelor's degree in the same year that Greene took his
degree of Master of Arts ; but we do not know whether or not they met at
that time. In the London life, into which all six of these men were plunged
between 1579 and 1587, they were early thrown together, and in a sixteenth
century Grub street fought for and against eacli other. The six, however,
do not stand on precisely the same plane either in characteristics or in mode
of life. Lyly stands apart in being attached to the court and in his entire
separation from the Bohemian and dissolute life led by the others. Marlowe
is made distinct by his genius and the power of his character. Lodge held
himself aloof from the mad excesses of his associates, but is closely allied to
Greene, Nash and Peele in general manner of life and work. The nearest
friendship appears to have been between Greene and Nash. It is my pur-
pose to differentiate the personality and achievement of these six poets.
In 1579, John Lyly, at about the age of twenty-five, issued his " Euphues."
This "combination of cadenced sentences," classical allusions and common-
place reflections, is hung together by a slender narrative concerning the
travels of an Athenian youth. It seems poor stuff to occupy the place of the
modern novel ; it was, notwithstanding, the fashionable light reading of its
day, and we may imagine many fair dames in stately ruff and silk from
over the seas conning these wise sayings. The popularity of the new book
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spread rapidly, and its affectations of style and thought appeared far and
wide in the literature of the time.
Notwithstanding this brilliant opening of his career, Lyly's life knew many
disappointments. A fellowship was denied him at Magdalen. Lord Bur-
leigh withdrew his favor. Lyly entered the Martin Mar-prelate controversy,
probably seeking revenge for some injury wrought him by a former friend.
He devoted himself to writing plays to be acted by the court children, and
dreamed of being Master of Revels ; but fortune in the form of Queen Eliza-
beth did not smile, and he was forced at length to leave the court, reaping
nothing but bitterness. Personal losses added to his grief. He died when
but little past middle life.
Though Lyly did not outwardly succeed, his real achievement was much.
He had extensive fame during his lifetime as the author of" Euphues," and
as a dramatist. His place in our early drama is important. His adoption
of prose in play-writing, Gascoigne's innovation, was an important influence
in freeing dramatic form. He introduced the rapid, sparkling dialogue,
although in an affected style, which Shakespeare was to perfect in his com-
edies. The telling use of the lyric in the drama was discovered by Lyly ;
and to him belong, in the construction of the drama, the uniting of the serious
and poetic with the humorous, the aiding of the complication through the
ambiguit3 r of the sexes, and the pleasing suggestion of dramatic dreaming.
It is safe to say that, excepting Marlowe, Shakespeare owes more to Lyly
than to any other of his predecessors.
When " Euphues," was still in its early popularity, Robert Greene
appeared in London, and soon became a leader among literary men. His
prose works exceed in number his poetical productions, but his plays and
lyrics determine his place in our literature. His novelette, "Pandosto,"
abounding in pleasing incident, as the original of the "Winter's Tale," must,
always have a special interest to Shakespearian students. The various pam-~
phlets Greene issued, such as, "Never too Late," "A Groatsworth of Wit,
Bought with a Million of Repentance," and descriptions of low life in Lon-.
don, have chiefly an autobiographical interest.
The sad facts in Greene's life are well known. They tell over the old
story of brilliant ability, personal attractions, and delicate poetic tempera-
ment, fallen a prey to utter weakness of character. We can imagine Greene
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with his "amiable face" and fine bearing, a proud and dashing student at
-Cambridge. Travel on the Continent opened for him a world of new sensa-
tions. He slipped into it naturally ; and once in the whirlpool, he is drawn
from the outer circle of pleasure into the vortex of vice. But Greene always
realized that sin was an evil from which he ought to escape. He went back
to England, probably entered the church, married, and published some of
his productions. The delight of home life held him for a time ; then came
the restlessness, the longing for excitement, the impatience at restraint, and
Greene was off for London, his wife and little one deserted. In his way he
repented several times, — a powerful sermon or a day's illness is productive
in that direction. Probably he always intended to settle down some time
and be respectable ; but meanwhile he drifted, or, rather, whirled — the most
reckless life of a reckless age. While there must have been something fas-
cinating in Greene's personality, he was capable of limitless meanness and
vice. If people cared for him, their regard was not lasting, and the love he
received was mingled with pity and contempt. He was a man of utter emo-
tional weakness, the one hopeless character, if there is any, on God's earth.
His miserable death in the shoemaker's hut, from disease brought on by
over-eating, is perhaps the fitting close to his life. But " Why should art
bear the infirmities of manners?" Nash said of Greene; and the old shoe-
maker's wife crowned the dead poet with the bays. His name still lives
among us and we can honor his work.
None of Greene's early plays in rhyme have come down to us; but we
have five in blank verse and one more on which Greene and Lodge worked
together. The plays by which we most remember Greene are, "Friar Bacon
and Friar Bungay," the "Scottish History of James IV.," and " George-a-
Green." The plot-construction in all the plays fails. Greene did not under-
stand dramatic development ; but he tells a story well and can handle a
dramatic scene. His dramas are essentially of a narrative character. There
is in general simplicity of detail and always vivid interest throughout his
plays. His happy use of incident is his best contribution to the development
of the drama. In characterization he gives outlines which he fails to fill in.
His characters want strength, are likely to fail at the crisis. He succeeds
better in portraying women than men. There is a charming grace and
refinement in all his women. They are pure and faithful, extremely gentle
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and forgiving. He evidently prefers the Griselda type. Greene's songs are
his best work. He always will be known as the author of
" O, what is love? It is a pretty thing,
As sweet unto a shepherd as a king."
And of that song of tender pathos with the refrain :
" Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee ;
When thou art old, there's grief enough for thee."
Harvey's dastardly attack on Greene's character after his death was
answered by Thomas Nash. He was some fifteen years younger than
Greene, but they worked together. Nash, the "young Juvenal," deserved
his name. His best power lay in satire. He entered the Mar-prelate con-
troversy with the utmost spirit, his quarrel Avith Harvey over Greene's mem-
ory was intensely bitter, and in his "Address " introducing Greene's " Men-
aphon," he sharply attacks "the swelling bombast of a tragging blank
verse " and heaps his scorn on poor translators. In satire his special vein
was broad cai'icature and stinging epigram. He did little in poetry. A
small part in Marlowe's " Queen Dido " is assigned him, and he wrote two
other plays, "The Isle of Dogs," which was suppressed and occasioned his
imprisonment for a short time, and "Summer's Last Will and Testament,"
rather a pageant or mask than a drama. Ingenuity of dialogue and com-
mand of language constitute his best merit. There are some suggestions of
humor and touches of beauty in his plays. We find poetry of no mean
order in the songs. The litany for Summer's death is full of mysterious
sadness and deep feeling, and the well-known Spring song abounds in the
restless life and sparkling joy of the May morning: —
" Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king ;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo !
" The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo !
" The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet ;
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit;
In every street these tunes our ears do greet,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Spring! the sweet Spring!
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Nash was descended from an honorable Herefordshire family. His univer-
sity life was followed by travel. Writing under Greene's influence, he
entered the wild London life. He died before his prime, it is believed by
disease from dissipation. We feel that Nash was a stronger character than
Greene. Certainly he was an ardent friend and an ardent enemy ; he had a
keen idea of justice, and was not a prey to simple emotion, as was his friend.
George Peele might have been a fair rival for Greene, if they had not been
boon companions. Perhaps their ability was too nearly on a par to produce
bitterness of feeling between them. Peele was of good parentage and finely
educated. He spent some nine years at Oxford, married well, perhaps went
on the stage, and then settled to a literary life. He wrote dramas, pam-
phlets and poems for occasions. Disgraceful disease cut him short in middle
life. We know less of his character than we do of Greene's. He seems to
have been fond of loose living and jovial companions.
Peele's work is naturally compared with that of Greene, as it is in the
same vein and along the same lines. He was like Greene in being weak in
plot construction and in character delineation. He has less simplicity in
details and his story may become greatly involved, as in "The Old Wives'
Tale." His separate situations are less original than Greene's, and less
dramatic. In the tone of his dramas the sentimental element is less promi-
nent than in the work of his rival. He surpasses Greene in delicacy and
variety of fancy, and in melodious expression.
"The Arraignment of Paris" is the most distinctive and most charming
of his plays. Mr. Bullen admirably describes it as "a choice piece of work,
quaint and fanciful as some old, curiously knotted garden, pranked in all its
summer bravery." And this description applies in general to Peele's drama.
The quaintnesses of euphuism mark his style; he abounds in fancies, uses
mythology with special grace, and has a true feeling for nature, while over
all he casts the spell of melody. As an illustration of the delicate, dreamy
music found in Peele's lyrics, take the little song in" The Old Wives' Tale " :
" Gently clip, but not too deep,
For fear you make the golden beard to weep ;
Fair maiden, white and red,
Stroke me smooth, and comb my head."
Thomas Lodge is the only one of the scholar poets who lived to grow old.
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He had the honor of dying respectably of the plague in 1625. The life of
Lodge is full of variety. It abounds in incident and tells a more interesting
story than any he put in print. His father was a lord mayor of London.
Lodge himself was in turn a lawyer, an author, a soldier, an adventurer and
a physician. He appears to have been one of those restless natures, having
ability for many things, but unable to settle down to any one thing. In
him are combined the bold spirit of adventure with the grave practice of
medicine, the keen wit of the satirist with the dreams and music of the poet.
As an author he tried countless forms and subjects. His plays are poor
in plot, and, although he distinguishes his characters, he does not make
them interesting. Lodge's best power is seen in his lyrics and in his
delightful story " Rosalynde." This tale is a day-dream, dreamed at sea.
It rises and falls lingeringly ; it has forgotten the real world behind and sees
none in the future, life is all to-day ; golden sunshine, light breezes, and
pearl-white floating clouds — these alone are real. This "Golden Legend,"
when touched by Shakespeare's genius, becomes that perfect comedy, "As
You Like It " ; but apart from this we can love the old novel. And one of
the greatest charms in the " Rosalynde " is the lyric element. Lodge is the
clearest, sweetest singer of our group. Witchery and melancholy, spring-
time yearning and playful sarcasm, dreamlike beauty and tender feeling
flow in his melody. Through his verse he whispers " Love is life and life
is a song."
But head and shoulders above the other scholar poets stands Marlowe.
His London life was short, crowded into six brief years ; but he impressed
himself on all the poetry of his time, and won a place that gives him our
honor and love to-day.
Canterbury is hallowed by many an association and recollection ; and not
least in the minds of many of us, as we stand in the old cathedral town, will
be the memory of Kit Marlowe, who was born and passed his boyhood here.
We would like to find more trace of that shoemaker, " Clerke of St. Manis,"
whose son grew great in London. The Church of St. George the Martyr
means more when we whisper, " Marlowe was christened here." We
remember Sir Roger Manwood, and try to imagine him thinking, in lordly
fashion, that it will be worth while to send a certain King's School boy up
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Marlowe went from the University to London in 1587, "a boy in years, a
man in genius, a god in ambition, " Mr. Swinburne says. He was on his w;iy
to publish " Tamburlaine," and following that quickly came "Doctor
Faustus," "The Jew of Malta," and "Edward II." We have two other
plays from his pen, " The Massacre of Paris," apparently a fragment, and
"The Tragedy of Dido," more lyric than dramatic. He has left U3 two
beautiful lyrics. One of them, "Come live with me and be my love," is
perhaps the best known song in our language. We may heap up adjectives
to describe it, but must end b}' simply saying it is perfect. Marlowe left an
unfinished poem, "Hero and Leander." It strongly suggests Keat's work.
The two poets are alike in luxuriance of color and metaphor and in ecstasy
of passion. This poem, if we can trust the records, was cut short by a
tragedy unsurpassed in fiction. It happened on a summer night, the first of
June, how we can only conjecture ; people call it a tavern brawl, wine had
perhaps fired their blood ; there was a flash of steel and Christopher Mar-
lowe lay dying. With his last breath he entrusted his " Hero and Leander"
to Chapman. As for the rest —
" Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight,
And burned is Apollo's laurel-bough."
The character of Christopher Marlowe must be interpreted from compara-
tively few records, hardly enough to justify conclusions ; yet most of us feel
that we know him well. The reason for this lies, probably, in the sub-
jective, personal note characterizing his work. In Marlowe's great creations
we see the author himself reflected. The reckless daring and unbounded
ambition of Tamburlaine belong to Marlowe; he knew the fierceness of
purpose and the scornful defiance of the Jew of Malta ; and the craving, the
passion, the struggle and despair of Faustus express, alas ! too much of the
poet's experience. Marlowe knew the reckless London life that Greene
followed, but there was a vast difference between the men. Marlowe would
know sin for the sake of knowledge and experience, not from weakness and
low desires. He was essentially an idealist; his ideal was gigantic and
sublime. He could keep it pure, and therefore preserve his integrity, like
Wilhelm Meister, in the very heart of sinning.
Marlowe has been called an atheist ; he himself boldly announced his
skepticism. Though he might scoff at the "vain trifles of men's souls" and
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call the beliefs of the Hereafter "mere old wives' tales," he did believe in a
God and the power of the Unseen haunted him. We may account for his
attitude by his contempt for the intolerance and shams of the church, by a
spirit of bravado that often weakens strong natures, and by an inherent
. hatred and disregard of all control, a characteristic most strikingly his.
Faustus says of himself, "The god thou serv'st is thy own appetites." This
is partly true of Marlowe, he was under the dominion of passionate desires ;
but in the midst of his reckless daring there was enthusiasm, passionate
intensity and an unbounded aspiration, a stirring for the Infinite and the
Marlowe's plays, strictly speaking, are more epic than dramatic. The
interest is monopolized by one gigantic character. We do not find the
interaction of characters and events and the movement and harmony of a
true plot. This is entirely true of the first three plays; in "Edward II."
the plot structure is more careful and characters and events are more nearly
harmonized. All Marlowe's work is characterized by vastness of outline and
passionate execution ; affectation and pettiness flee before him. The vivid-
ness and strength of his expression was just what the literature of his time
needed. It cleared the atmosphere for the vital work which was to follow.
His use of the blank verse was perhaps his greatest gift to our literature.
In spite of its "swelling bombast," blank verse heralded the English drama
as a leader among the nations. The swing of Marlowe's " mighty line "
'excites us to-day. It fascinates us like the sweep of a military march, or
like waves rolling in along the sand.
Marlowe's greatest play is " Dr. Faustus." In this he anticipates, amidst
the dazzling objectivity of the Elizabethan Age, a note of our own century ;
here he depicts the drama of the soul, the struggle in the heart of man
between good and evil. The conception of a human being yielding his soui
to the Evil Spirit for the sake of enjoying for a season unlimited wisdom
and pleasure, has been a favorite theme down the centuries. The legend
takes tangible form in Asia Minor in the early age of Christianity; Hrot-
switha, the nun of Gandersheim, used it for a Latin drama in the tenth
century. Three hundred years later it was a favorite subject in France ;
again the story of Dr. Faustus was one of the popular legends of Elizabeth's
time, and Goethe's " Faust " has filled the old tale with new beauty and
significance for us to-day.
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Marlowe's drama falls below that of the great German poet in dramatic
movement and climax and in certain subtilities of thought and romantic
beauty in execution ; but as a tremendous conception of a powerful charac-
ter, a fierce temptation, and an awful ruin, "Dr. Faust us" stands on a par
with Goethe's mighty work. The fine scenes at the beginning and the
fearful scene at the end in Marlowe's drama make a never-to-be-forgotten
impression. The spell of that inevitable final scene is over the whole —
Faustus and the Evil One are companions never to be separated, and the
twenty-four years must end. The theme of the drama is passion for power,
the power that comes through knowledge; it is the restless yearning of the
human soul to surpass all limits and be
" on earth as Jove is in the sky,
Lord and commander."
Marlowe vividly portrays the dissatisfaction with human attainment, the
boundless aspiration and the reckless daring that led Faustus to make his
fearful bargain. The poet fails in trying to depict what Faustus did with
the supernatural power given him ; it is impossible to conceive the object of
our infinite longing. But Marlowe is strong again when lie shows the
growing terror of Faustus as the time draws near for yielding up his soul,
his vain struggles toward repentance, when he cries,
" Ah, my God, I would weep, hut the devil draws in my tears,"
and the awful agony of the final moments, when he enters with the "souls
which sin seals the black sons of hell," down "into that vast, perpetual
torture-house," whose sting is the lost joys of heaven.
These brief remarks on one of Marlowe's plays I hope have suggested
something of the poet's power, and they may be further justified by the color
of a special interest which they may have lent this bare outline of six poets'
work. This paper can claim merely to point out the way. If there is any
one who wishes to seek and find for herself, the old writers are waiting for
her on their shelves and the reward is sure.
The study of this group of playwrights marks at once many traits of their
times. The want of law and order, the enthusiasm for all varieties of expe-
rience and knowledge, the delicate play of fancy, the love of high color, the
exquisite, ever-present lyric quality — all these characteristics found in the
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six scholar poets are the direct reflection of their age. For the distinguish-
ing features of each man, turn back to the face of each for a final look.
There is the little man, Lyly ; conciliation in his bearing, irony in his face.
He loves his light fancies acted out by the children of St. Paul's; he smiles
when he thinks of the repartee of his dainty little puppets, and nods approv-
ingly over his wise thoughts in their balanced sentences. Poor man ! he
sighs, too ; the bitterness of a disappointed life is his. He has no part in
the gay tavern scene with the others.
There Greene sits at the head of the board, his long hair jokingly crowned
with a green bay wreath. He is a pleasing scholar, who tells his story well,
laughs often and quotes Friar Bacon, then sheds a tear as he sings a plain-
tive song. Young Marlowe stands at the right of this Master of Revels, —
Kit Marlowe, but lately come to town. With head thrown back and e} r es
on fire, he makes his toast to the earth spirits, the powers that move the
world. He is Tamburlaine ready for battle ; he is the shepherd who loves
and sings; he is Faustus seeking the Infinite. There is a young man oppo-
site who will soon break out in fierce praise for his friends and hot, stinging
scorn for the rest of the world. Life to Nash is a satirical show with a dash
of pathos. Lodge, who sits by him, forgets to satirize, and catches in Mar-
lowe's words a glimpse of the shepherdess — in the dream world he will sing
to her. A look of tenderness has come into the face of George Peele, and
he smiles as some fancy crosses his mind. There is courtliness in his bearing
as he rises to answer the toast. The earth spirits obey the sun and the moon,
— young Apollo will conquer if Cynthia smiles.
Ah, the group is interesting, for many reasons. This is a life picture —
genius, hope, aspiration on a sordid background. These are men who are
to make many attempts and fail often in order that a greater genius may
conquer. Through some of them we are to find new paths in fancies' land,
through one we are to sound new depths in human experience, and all of
them will sing us strains of an exquisite melody.
Kate Morgan Ward.
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My Lalia breathes love on the roses, •
But I, — though a rose is a queen, —
I have whispered to her that the rarest of buds
By her rose-lips would wither unseen.
In the depths of the violet meadows
Kneels Lalia, a votaress fair,
And the truth in her heart holds the blue in her eyes
Fadeless, resistless and rare.
My Lalia prays over the lilies,
But I — though the lilies' true knight —
I have said to my love that I find her pure soul
Than the exquisite lilies more white.
Florence Annette Wing, '92.
JOHN STUART MILL: A SKETCH.
FOR an ordinary mind to attempt the criticism of a great intellect is mere
arrogance and presumption. With nobility of character, the case is
somewhat different. There is a simple, human element in the loftiest moral-
ity that appeals to all natures, no matter how inferior. For this reason,
while making no reference to the intellectual power of John Stuart Mill, I
undertake, diffidently and yet eagerly, the following sketch of a character
which in moral grandeur and beauty towered far above that of any other
man of the age.
Back very near the beginning of the century, a son was born in London
to a poor young scholar, James Mill. This young man, without means,
without position, his prospects ruined when a few years before he had turned
from the Church, for which his education fitted him, and had become a free-
thinker, bitterly at odds with society, yet dependent for his bread on the
favor accorded his writings, impatient, self-opinionated, outspoken — surely
it was no bright outlook that he had to offer to his son on that May day.
But for wealth, the elder Mill, even then, cared little ; he had another pur-
pose for his boy. It was now possible that he himself could never accom-
plish a great work. It was late to begin, he was already burdened, years
had been wasted in erroneous study. But with his son, it should be differ-
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ent; there should be no mistakes and no wasted time. Impatiently, eagerly,
the father watched the first rays of intelligence dawn in the baby face ;
anxiously he waited for the little tongue to lisp its first words. Then at last
his time had come. There were no days of baby frolic for John Stuart Mill;
no happy, playful, unburdened baby years. At three, he read English and
was learning Greek vocabularies written out for him ; at eight, Greek was
already a familiar language, and English history a recreation. Latin and
mathematics had lately been added to his work. There were no play-da} r s
in these pitiful child years, and no playthings. The little boy never mur-
mured. He did not know that other boys lived merry lives. He was not
allowed boy companions, and he was given no chance to learn active, muscle-
strengthening games. He plodded patiently on ; patiently and very meekly
he bore the peevish severity of his father at childish mistakes. He received
no word of praise, no sign of tenderness. With unfaltering care, James
Mill guarded his son from the great mistake of his own life. The boy should
know from the first the cruelty and immorality of the Christian belief. Reli-
gious dogmas were not kept from him, but he was taught to see them as his
father saw them. It should seem no stranger to him to disbelieve the faith
of England than the faith of ancient Greece. Such was the boyhood of
John Stuart Mill, of whom Professor Bain says: "He was, I think, born for
a happy life if he had got only tolerably fair play."
And all this time, the little heart, so steadily repressed, was aglow with
longing for love and affection — for companionship. Passionate warmth of
sympathy, almost sentimental devotion to duty, poetic love of the good and
beautiful, capability of entire self-renunciation — it is a sad tiling and a
dangerous thing when these qualities are thrown back upon themselves.
When Mill was fifteen, there first dawned upon his mind the great idea that
was to take possession of his life, " that he came into the world, not to serve
himself, but to serve his race," his apostleship of human freedom and prog-
ress. For five years he threw himself with enthusiastic energy into dreams
and plans for the betterment of the world. For the first time, he had an
object in life. But the religion of humanity never yet satisfied any human
soul. The heart was not made to subsist upon its own abstract, unrecipro-
cated love, certainly not a heart like Mill's. He awoke at last from the
happy five years' dream. He was only twenty. It is the time when men
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are vigorous and free and full of hope. But he turned aside in bitter, dull
despair. The long sad years of lonely, unremitting toil had done their
work. He was very tired. He told himself now that if all the social
improvements for which he had wished were to he immediately accomplished,
it would give him no pleasure. A terrible fear took possession of him. He
believed that his emotional nature was dead — stilled. That being so, life
became intolerable. But there was another source of misery, greater still.
He said to himself that if the thought of the welfare of humanity as attained
and not simply striven after, seemed tame and valueless to him, so it would
seem to mankind in the end. There was, then, no happy future for the
human race, nothing better than the miserable struggle of the present. He
came to douht the existence of sympathy, not only in his own breast, but
even in the world. The story is familiar — he made up his mind that he
could not endure such agony much longer. Looking back upon the period
in later years, he himself saw clearly enough what had been the trouble. " If I
had loved any one sufficiently to make confiding my griefs a necessity, I should
not have been in the condition I was. . . . Advice, if I had known
where to seek it, would have been most precious. . . . But there was
no one on whom I could build the faintest hope of such assistance."
One day, he read a simple little tale of homely kindness. In his sensitive
state it touched him, and he hurst into a passion of tears. From that time,
the crisis was over. Emotion was still a force in the world, and life had yet
possibilities. Music and poetry side by side with renewed efforts in the
cause of humanity brought him some solace. Henceforth he was brave and
determined, but not again happy. So ended Mill's youth. Little enough
of brightness or joy had come with those twenty-one years. And yet he
had been "• born for a happy life if he had got only tolerably fair play."
From what has already been said, some idea may be formed of Mill's con-
ditions of soul when he first came under the powerful influence that was to
make and to mar his future — to mar it b} r casting the one stain upon the
otherwise spotless reputation of a lifetime; to make it by bringing the first
genuine love and happiness into the most desolate life ever lived. Mill's
acquaintance with Mrs. Taylor began when he was twenty-five, through
twenty years the friendship grew stronger, and two years after the death of
her husband they were married. During these twenty years, the attachment
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whose strength neither realized hud become more and more evident to every
one. Remarks were made which, implying some disrespect to Mrs. Taylor,
Mill resented with stern indignation. Finally, his father said plainly, "You
are in love with another man's wife." He repudiated the charge firmly.
He had no other feeling toward her, he maintained, than he should have
toward an equally able man. Undoubtedly, he believed what he said. That
his love was unconscious as it was pure and lofty, every one admits. Never-
theless, its existence was clear to his own relatives, to most of his friends,
and above all, to Mr. Taylor. Mrs. Taylor, living the half-secluded life of
an invalid, eager for intellectual sympathy, is, perhaps, excusable for her
blindness. There is little such excuse for Mill. With a hasty and intoler-
ant impatience, foreign to his character at other times, he broke with his
own mother and sisters; he treated with questionable kindness his younger
brother George ; he turned his back squarely on many of his friends. These
are the facts. I have attempted no palliation. It is the one fault in Mill's
conduct that I have been able to discover. It is a great fault, and one the
only excuse for which, if even that be an excuse, I hope to have made plain
before this sketch is done.
There now remains to us the task of trying to form some conception of
those qualities of heart that so charmed the world in which Mill moved. The
great central passion of his life was love of mankind, eagerness for the
improvement of society. His belief in the possibilities of the human soul
was infinite, and his courage and energy in this cause were inexhaustible.
No fatigue was too great and no opprobrium too bitter. Throughout all his
life, in his speeches and his books, above all in his actions, appears the same
warm universal sympathy for the weak against the strong, the same inflexi-
ble sense of justice, the same supreme moral courage. The murdered negroes
of Jamaica, the persecuted peasants of Ireland, the whiteslaves of London,
and the sex which has been arbitrarily declared inferior, none of these were
forgotten by Mill. Justin McCarthy says, "Something, too, of human inter-
est and feeling became infused into the most seemingly arid discussions of
political economy by virtue of his emotional and half-poetic nature. It was
well said of him that he reconciled political economy with human feeling."
His warmth of sympathy was rivaled only by his coolness of judgment and
his dispassionate fairness toward opponents. Without personal vanity him-
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self, he never despised any individual or any honest opinions. However
obscure or faulty the argument, Mill carefully sought out the underlying
truth, and wherever he felt himself worsted in discussion, he admitted it
with the utmost frankness. Professor Bain tells us that he was " absolutely
without any rivalry or jealousj' of other men's success." Personal affronts
he never heeded, but lie was quick to resent arrogance or unkindness toward
others, and relentless in his anger. He, further, managed to combine with
devotion to the cause of humanity as a whole a general kindliness and spe-
cific generosity toward peojjle in the concrete ; which is not alwa}'s a charac-
teristic of the most ardent servants of humanity.
Mill never cared for a large circle of intimate friends, but for those friends
whom he chose he showed a deep affection. To be his friend was considered
a privilege, and the men and women who stood nearest him are the ones
whose praises of him rise into the most exalted panegyric. It is at least
noteworthy when a man's intimate friends see no fault in him. In his
father's house Mill, before the breach, had been a great comfort and joy to
his mother and sisters, and he always continued to fulfil the duties of eldest
son in caring for their welfare.
There is a sacredness about his married life that one hesitates to approach.
It forms the most idyllic passage in English biography. Perfectly suited to
one another, these two souls blended completely into one. Mill's devotion
to his wife was absolute. Her beauty, her intellect, her heart were to him
the standard of perfection, his highest ideal. In entire self-forgetfulness, he
tells us that all that was best in him and in his work was inspired b} r her.
From her he had received infinitely more than he could hope to give.
Writing in "The Subjectives of Woman" of the possibilities of marriage
when between two sympathetic natures, he says that to those who can con-
ceive of its happiness no word of his is necessary, to those who cannot, any-
thing he might say would seem but the dream of an enthusiast. Every one
knows that he was thinking of his own married life.
Over one side of his character considerable discussion has arisen. Had
he a religious nature? If a religious nature involve acceptance of the first
articles of the Creed, the answer is certain, he had not. His father
had trained him as an agnostic and thus, so far as we have any evidence, he
died. There seems to be not the slightest justification for the claim
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advanced by believing and unbelieving friends that in the "Three Essays
on Religion " Mill shows a change of front. In this volume he does, indeed,
accomplish the difficult feat of carrying on a religious discussion without
any show of prejudice ; and further, he, of necessit} r , being the man that he
was, displays throughout toward the Founder of Christianity a feeling of
profound reverence and gratitude, culminating at the close in that impassioned
eulogy which has become a classic in our religious literature. This passage,
however, indicates no more than that he had grasped as fully as is possible,
from the purely mundane standpoint, the true strength of the Christian
Church ; something, it must be admitted, which cannot be said of all of the
Church's most devoted adherents. On the other hand, it is plain from any
careful reading of the book, that Mill did not even discuss, much less con-
cede, the essentia] principle of Christian theism.
In 1858, the seven years and a half of Mill's married life came to a sorrow-
ful end. Mrs. Mill had never been strong, and she now died quite suddenly
of pulmonary congestion. Mill's despondency, sa}*s one of his friends, was
frightful. Indeed, he had lost irretrievably the one great support of his life.
" 1 can say nothing which could describe, even in the faintest manner, what
that loss was and is." Mill's eulogies upon his wife's character had always
created surprise among his friends. They said that she was rather a brilliant
and charming woman, but not at all what Mill thought her; that it was
incomprehensible that a man of such clear and dispassionate judgment in
everything else should fall here into such depths of pure infatuation, and
that any less a reputation for intellectual strength could not survive such a
display. In pathetic contrast to the cold insensibility of the criticism,
come Mill's own words: "I endeavor to make the best of what life I have
left, and to work on for her purposes with such diminished strength as can
be derived from thoughts of her and communion with her memory. . . .
My objects in life are solely those which were hers ; nry pursuits and occu-
pations those in which she shared or sympathized and which are indissolubly
associated with her. Her memory is to me a religion, and her approbation'
the standard by which, summing up as it does all worthiness, I endeavor to.
regulate my life."
Yes, her memory, the thought of her, was to him a religion. Among all!
the truths that he uttered, Mill never spoke a sounder truth than that,.
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Profound religious feeling, denied its natural vent, must have forced some
such issue as this. Had Mill never met Mrs. Taylor, and had he continued,
nevertheless, under the theological influence of his father, one hesitates to
say what the result might have been. Here, then, was a man who had
visited the weak and forsaken in their afflictions, and had kept himself
unspotted from the world ; who had loved his highest living ideal of virtues
with his heart and soul and mind and strength, and his neighbor as himself.
"Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?" One great element
of human nature was without doubt lacking in him. It was this lack that
had cast the blight over his boyhood and youth, that had brought the first
deep sorrow into his life, that had led to his one great sin, and it was this that
left him in his last years lonely and uncomforted. But the element that he
lacked was not the greatest, for the greatest is love.
Brushing aside in imagination the twenty years that have elapsed, stand-
ing by that new-made grave in Avignon, remembering what manner of man
it had been whose earthly form was there laid away, we feel hope spring
" The Lord he blindly served will ope his eyes,
Henceforth he shall see clear in Paradise."
[The preceding sketch of John Stuart Mill is offered, not because it can
claim originality in material or treatment, but as one more reverent and
grateful tribute from the sex whose strongest defender, whose most
courageous and untiring advocate he was.]
Annie B. Tomlinson, '93.
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TO MT. MONADNOCK AT SUNRISE.
Gray on thy crest the soft cloud curtains lie,
Still guardians of thy morning slumbering.
Slow o'er thy head the star host marches by
In state, and far beyond man's numbering.
The flocks repose upon thy quiet breast;
All motionless they wait the coming day.
Thy sombre rocks in shrouds of fog are drest
As penitents who early rise and pray.
And now upon thy shadowy, wooded side,
Amid the forests with their darkly dight,
Funeral plumes, the king of shades doth hide,
And sighs and moans the dying of the night.
But see! the stars in heaven grow more pale.
Awake ! and bid thy coming sovereign hail.
LA MABTYRE CHUETIENNE.
FROM a child I have loved the picture, "La Martyre Chr^tienne. It has
grown to seem more a real scene than a picture. One can just trace
the outline of dark cliffs against the sky. The crescent moon is low. A
river washes the foot of the cliffs, and with the stream floats a woman's
figure. All the light in the picture comes from the halo about her head.
It shines on the pure, girlish face; less brightly on the waving hair that
floats and mingles with the water. The soft radiance falls on the bound
hands and flowing robe, but save for a faint gleam on the water, leaves the
rest in darkness.
I have looked at the picture and wondered over its meaning until the
life story of the young girl has grown familiar.
In a cottage on the hillside she had lived her few glad years. The mother
had died leaving her little more than a child, and Ursula had been the
housewife ever since. Always a happy child, she had found her playmates
in the birds and flowers ; never lonely, though all day her father was away
Even as a child she had been thoughtful and, as she grew to girlhood and
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lived so much with Mother Nature, vague longings for something deeper
and higher than she had known rose in her heart. Man}' queries troubled
her. Prayer was natural in joy or in sorrow as song is natural to a bird,
and she could not understand the teaching of the priest that God could hear
prayer only through the saints. Her mind went back to her mother's
teaching; how different, how much simpler that had been. But then her
mother had been different. She remembered faintly a shaking of the head
among the village people and a whisper, "gentle blood," when once she had
passed with her mother years ago. It had meant nothing to her then, it
meant hardly more now, only added to the filial love and veneration in her
So the child grew up, not alone, for she had always her garden, and the
field and woods, familial' though they were, were ever new. Children, too,
always loved her, and the old were happier for her sunny presence. Her
questionings were still unanswered, but they added only a touch of gravity
to her girlish innocence,
One afternoon Ursula moved her wheel into the garden, and as she sat
spinning in the sunshine the old thoughts came back. If onty she might
pray to the dear Christ alone. The saints were kind, but Christ had taken
the little children in his arms and blest them. That Ursula could under-
stand. She loved to gather the village children round her with a kiss for
this one and a flower for that, till they grew to watch for her coming. She
loved the Christ for that one thing and it made him seem near, not, as the
priest said, too far off and too holy for her even to think of him. Crossing
herself reverently, she tried to turn her thoughts away and stopped her
wheel a moment to look off over the hills up to the dark castle, where, it
was whispered, some great man was imprisoned or was hiding because he
had disobeyed the priests. The hills were rugged and steep, but she looked
bej'ond to heaven's blue, and, as she gazed, an intense longing filled her
heart for some sign of guidance from heaven.
Long she stood thus till roused by a voice close by, "My daughter, I am
thirsty." As her mind awoke, its first thought was that perhaps it might be
God had sent an answer to hei need. A stranger was standing there, very
old, to judge from his long white hair and beard, though his eyes had the
brightness of youth and his voice was deep and strong. A long cloak that
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covered him from head to foot might serve as a disguise, but now he threw
back from his shoulders the hooded cape, burdensome after the toil of
climbing. Some time he had been standing watching the nipt expression
of the girl's face, till the wish to know the thoughts that caused it led him
She brought him water from the spring behind the garden, and black
bread, the best the house afforded ; while he, as he ate, tried gently to learn
her thoughts. Only a little questioning was needed to draw from the
maiden the whole story of her longings, and then the old man tried to show
her that there was no need of saint or priest between her soul and God. It
was hard to make it clear to her simple mind. At last he drew a worn vol-
ume from beneath his cloak and read to her the words of Christ, "If ye ask
anything in my name, I will do it." What else the stranger said she hardly
heard, so filled was her heart with the message sent, perhaps, straight from
heaven. With a quiet smile he turned to leave her, but first, finding she
could read a very little, he cut out carefully the leaf of the volume from
which he had read and gave it to her, then went on past the cottage up the
path toward the grim old castle on the heights.
After that the days were not the same. When the cottage was in order
and the flowers cared for, it was Ursula's greatest pleasure to study out a
few words from the parchment she carried always in her bosom. Day by day
her faith grew clearer and stronger. Day by day she grew farther away
from the narrow teaching of the priest. Soon she began to teach the chil-
dren as they gathered round her ; for she was filled with the thought that
all must know that she had found such a revelation.
It was a time when man's conscience was waking from a sleep centuries
long, and the wakening gave rise to bitter persecutions. For a sin no
worse than Ursula's against the laws of the Church a man was branded as a
heretic, the penalty, death.
It was Ursula's refusal to attend confession which first brought upon her
the attention of the priest. Then her teaching became known, and the
Church was shocked and startled to find how far the child had wandered.
Pleadings, threats, commands were of no avail to turn the girl from her
quiet firmness. Must she give up one, the Church or her new-found faith
in Christ ? That she could not lose. The precious parchment was soon
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taken from her, but she knew the words by heart, and gained from them
strength to stand against all the pressure brought to bear upon her. The
memory of the last words she had read was with her constantly. She had
felt so weak, so ignorant of what was right. She had almost started to go
to the priest, confess, and be forgiven. They had told her that she must
yield complete obedience to the Church, or else must die, and dying seemed
so hard. Then all at once had come her message, so clear there could be
no mistake. She was spelling her way laboriously through the last few
words oh the page: "Greater love — hath no man — than this" — ; was it
going to tell her some way to show the love that filled her heart for Christ?
" Than this — that a man — lay down his life — for his friends." She buried
her face in her hands and sobbed. Christ had done that, had laid down his
life for her. Did He mean it was to that He called her, too? Was her
love great enough for that ? " For his friends "; but a few more words were
left: "Ye are — my friends, if — " There was no more on the page. The
girl's eyes were full of tears and her face was very white, but it shone as
shine the angels' faces when they have been in the presence of God. From
that time Ursula did not falter.
It was evening. Along the cliffs a crowd had gathered. The young moon
shone on the stern, dark faces of priests; on women's figures, but the faces
were hidden ; on one slender girlish form with hands bound and eyes
upturned to heaven. In all the crowd there were no little children. Back
from the rest in deeper shadow stood an old man. His hood was thrown
back and a gleam of light fell now and then on his long white hair and
on his clasped hands. He might have been praying, and his face was full
of sorrow. Sometimes a woman sobbed. There was no other sound save
the steady rush of the river below.
No sound until the priest began to speak: "Ursula." She heard his
words, but- not so clearly as those other words which all day long had
repeated themselves over and over in her mind, and which, blended with the
rushing of the river, formed a steady undertone. " Ursula, for the last time,
dost thou acknowledge and renounce thy heresy?" — "Greater love hath no
man — hath no man than this " — . Men told afterward how clear and
strong her answer was: "I cannot." — "Than this — that a man — " The
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words of the sentence sounded far off, as in a dream : — "be thrown from
the cliffs into the river," — "that a man should lay down his life" — O,
Christ, for strength to hold out to the end ! — "should lay down his life for
his friends — for his friends. Ye are my friends, if — ."
Next day, two fishermen from farther down the river told how they had
seen in the night a white figure floating on the water with a halo of light
shining on the pure, calm face and folded hands.
Mary Grace Caldwell, '95.
Glowing clouds of pink and gold,
Tinkling bells from the distant fold,
And the katydids are crying.
Drowsy birds in the tree-top nest,
Lilies asleep on the water's breast,
And the swallows homeward flying.
Plashing waves on the silvery pond,
Softening hues in the woods beyond,
And the sun in the west is dying.
L. C. M.
IN THE LAND OF SCOTT.
Edinburgh, July 30, 1893.
There are at least three excursions to be made in the vicinity of Edin-
burgh. One must see the Forth bridge because of its remarkable engineer-
ing; one must visit Roslin chapel because of its infinite variety of, and unu-
sual artistic beauty ; and one goes to Edinburgh because it was Scott's home.
Taking an early train, an hour's ride brought us to Melrose, and we made
arrangements at once with a cabman for the day. The drive to Abbotsford
occupied half an hour, and was warrant enough for a second breakfast. The
clouds were lifting over the hills and the keen air and sunshine were truly
Scotch in their genuineness. Abbotsford stands a short distance below the
road, on the side of a hill sweeping down to the Tweed ; as we approached
by the highway along which Scott used to saunter with his dogs, it seemed
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as if a little realm of romance was suddenly opened to us. The home Scott
lavished so much care upon rose before us as a Gothic, castellated mansion ;
an irregular pile of buildings covered here and there with ivy. Each tower
and jutting window had been planned and thought out by Sir Walter, and
the result is such a manor as his ingenuity only could suggest. Trees, ever-
greens and flowers abound, yet not in too great profusion; the rose-garden
was in its prime. From the valley of the Tweed rise the hills over which
Scott has thrown the mantle of his poetry, and which the heather, that
closely woven robe of the Scottish landscape, tints with deep, rich colors.
We were in the midst of Scott's storied region !
Leaving our cabman for a doze, we were admitted at an outer gate and
conducted through a winding passage-way whose walls were completely
overgrown with vines and ivy, and which led into the basement, from which
we ascended to the main floor of the house. We were first shown into the
study. Ah, there are the windows opening upon the rose-garden. This
room remains intact : the desk closed, and the chair in the place Scott left
it when he was induced to go to Italy as a last hope of renewing his strength.
Stepping into the little room, a hush fell upon the party, while visions of
the novelist came to us; there he had devoted his mornings to composition,
had prepared his Waverly manuscripts, and in his last years worked early
and late to save Abbotsford from passing into the hands of creditors. In
one corner of the room a small door leads to a private stairway up which
Scott would escape to his room at his own chosen hour, taking care not to
disturb Mrs. Scott. The walls of the study are lined with book-cases, and
both here and in the library the books remain undisturbed, — so rarely the
lot of a private collection.
The library, drawing-room, armory and entrance hall are the other rooms
shown to visitors. The Hon. Mrs. Maxwell Scott, a granddaughter of the
poet, is the present mistress of the house, and through her courtesy visitors
are admitted several days in the week, gratis, to the rooms 1 have mentioned.
The library was Scott's favorite room ; its windows look out upon the
Tweed and off to the hills. Between the house and river stretches a smooth,
finely kept lawn, which must have been a pride to the owner, for Scott was
passionately fond of his home. He bought it as a small farm and made it,
gradually, one of the stateliest mansions on the Tweed ; it was his chief
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occupation, in the intervals of literary duties, to add to the embellishments
of both the house and grounds. Next to the library is the drawing-room,
with deep windows reaching to the floor and affording extensive fine views
of the surrounding country. The original Dresden paper is on the walls,
and family portraits hang where Scott was accustomed to seeing them. Over
the mantel is the famous portrait of himself and favorite greyhound. The
fireplace in the great hall was Sir Walter's resting-place after his rambles?
for, despite his lameness, he was an indefatigable walker, and, too, the twi-
light rendezvous for tales and gossip. The mantel here attracts attention,
and is an instance of Scott's love for anything old and historic, being formed
of morsels of ruins from Melrose Abbey.
In a glass case in the library are collected many relics and treasures, some
of which Irving speaks of having seen when the collection was in an embry-
onic state. Scott was devoted to his country and people ; when a boy,
nothing delighted him more than the border tales which he afterwards wove
into his poems and novels. From this chivalrous delight grew his passion
for relics and memorials of his heroes. Of his collection I noticed particu-
larly the following articles : Prince Charles's drinking mug, silver-bound and
transparent in order that "he who quaffed might keep an eye on the dark
hand of his companion," was first pointed out by an enthusiastic member of
the party, who proved an authentic and most particular cicerone. There
was a plain glass tumbler known as "Burns's glass," famed because the poet
had perhaps used it on a single occasion ; the crucifix carried by Queen
Mary at her execution, also a sample of one of her dresses, no doubt one
she had brought from France; the miniatures Scott and his wife had
exchanged before their marriage ; a letter in Sir Walter's hand; and a pin
made from the stone in which Bruce planted his flag at Bannockburn, Then
came the Napoleonic trophies. Scott prided himself greatly upon these,
and well he might, for they were associated with crucial moments in Bona-
parte's career. Fleeing from Waterloo, the Emperor left his carriage on
the road to Paris, and from it were taken his hat, sword, state mantle and
other objects, among which was a blotting-book, which by some means found
its way to Scott's treasure-house. The book is of green silk, handsomely
mounted in gold and decorated with the imperial crest and bees. A pair of
Napoleon's pistols is also to be seen in the armory, where, with other
weapons, they were placed upon the walls by Sir Walter himself.
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Perhaps the most precious relic at Abbotsford is the sword of Montrose,
— most precious, at least, to Scott, who says of it: "It was given to the
great Marquis of Montrose by Charles I., and appears to have belonged to
his father, the gentle King Jamie. ... I think a dialogue between this
sword and Rob Roy's gun might be composed with good effect." This last
line expresses the inspiration which existed for Scott in every one of his
antiquities. Besides Rob Roy's gun, which bears his initials, R. M. G.,
Scott possessed his old Highland broadsword and this chieftain's deadlier
dirk, purse and sporran. Some pistols of Scott's are in the armory, where,
too, he has left two cuirasses and a sword, which he gathered up himself on
the field soon after Waterloo. To us, however, as pilgrims to the shrine of
Scott, the last suit of clothes he wore seemed an important relic. There
were the black and white checked trousers, buckled shoes, black jacket,
white vest and tall white hat that had evidently seen service; his stout
walking-stick was not missing.
Everything at Abbotsford is genuine. Since Scott's death, over sixty
years ago, the place has been carefully kept up, and it remains just as he
saw it and left it. No one of the homes of famous men we have visited so
appealed to me as this castle of the " mighty minstrel of the North.*' One
feels that it was only 3 r esterda} r that he called his dogs and started off on a
jaunt. His having lived there is intensely real. Washington Irving spent
several days at Abbotsford and was forcibly impressed with the charm and
personality of his host. Could Rip Van Winkle awake in the land of Scott
to-day, things would seem but little changed : he would find the individu-
ality of Scott indelibly stamped there. The gentle spirit of the bard still
lingers within sight and sound of the Tweed he loved.
Leaving Abbotsford, I felt that a dream I had long wanted to dream had
come and gone ; yet not wholly gone, for it can never be forgotten. As we
drove away, a remark Scott made to a guest suggested itself: " You must
not think our neighborhood is to be x'ead in a morning, like a newspaper.
It takes several days of study for any one who has a relish for auld world
trumpery." Alas, that while possessing the relish, our time was limited, and
on we went to Melrose Abbey. E. J. W., '91.
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TO BO BROW OB TO LEND?
THE sun had been up a good many hours already, and the lane which led
down to Little Red Brook was all flecked over with the sunbeams
which had found their way through the tree-tops. The warm, sweet smell
of pine-needles came rising from the driveway, where the trees had dropped
them yearly for a carpet under one's feet. All red and brown were the
needles, with hardly a remnant of green, and so thickly were they collected,
that one could not hear John Henry as he trod them underfoot.
John Henry was Mis' Tripp's companion, her confidant and her horse.
Mis' Tripp herself was driving, and the vehicle was a dump-cart. She sat
well up on the cross-board, one knotted hand clutching the reins, and the
other spread out broadly upon her calico apron. She wore a sunbonnet,
did Mis' Tripp, and one could not see her face.
The dump-cart was spotlessly clean, and was fragrant of soap and water.
Mis' Tripp was very little, really very little indeed, and in comparison with
the dump-cart she looked a mere atom. She chirruped to the horse, and
flapped the reins: John Henry lumbered on. Presently, of his own accord,
he turned into the clearing. It was very dusty and hot here, but Mis' Tripp
did not seem to mind. She pushed back her sunbonnet and chirruped still
Away up the road could be seen a little black dwelling, built of jagged
fence-boards and the trunks of the small gray birch. Sunflowers grew in
front of it, and wild roses at the back ; the shade of an ancient hemlock was
all around and above.
Mis' Tripp stopped flapping the reins and indicated to John Henry that
he might indulge in a rest.
" Well, Jane ! " said she, with scarcely a rise in her voice. A woman
appeared at the doorway with a red-haired little urchin, clinging tightly to
her skirts. The skirts betrayed many patches, and the boy, although a
well-grown little fellow, was still in unmanly pinafores. Mis' Tripp smiled
at the pinafore, and transformed the smile into a scowl for the skirts.
"Well, Jane," she repeated, " have you got those potatoes you owe me?"
Jane's rough hand twitched nervously at the mat she was braiding. It was-
a very pretty mat, indeed, and certainly very odd : it was woven of strips of
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bark in their own natural colors, and one could guess how the big hands had
grown rough and shapeless tearing the unwieldy fragments.
She scowled in her turn, and with the scowl came an instant's resemblance,
so that even a stranger could have guessed that big Mis' Guptill and little
Mis' Tripp were sisters.
"No," she answered, shortly, "and what's more, there isn't no prospect
of getting 'em."
Mis' Tripp's face was hidden, to be sure, and the voice that answered was
gruff, but the hand that held the reins shook with a sudden tremor that
might have been of joy, and if one could judge by the twinkle in John
Henry's furthermost blinder, one could not call it otherwise.
" Of course you understand, then, that I shall take the boy." The silence
from the doorway was golden in its weight. Mis' Tripp prepared to descend,
and the child, mistrusting her intentions, set up a healthy outcry.
Mis' Guptill bent down towards him, and lifted him in her arms. His
rough boots, too large and bulky for such restless, childish feet, fell unre-
proved upon her spotless apron ; the little sun-browned face was hidden on
her shoulder. She looked a veiy giantess prepared to protect her own, yet
when her tiny sister stretched out her arm for the boy, she gave him without
Mis' Tripp put the child on the cross-board, turned John Henry and clam-
bered up herself. It was noticeable that she either could not or would not
glance again at the doorway. She drove out of the yard, the tramp of John
Henry's footsteps mingling almost rhythmically with the child's lusty shrieks.
Mis' Guptill still stood on the door-stone, but she leaned against the wall,
and her apron was well over the tangled, grisly head. The sunshine came
over and touched her for very sympathy, and the biggest sunflower beside
her caressed her with its leaves. There was a broken cup on the doorstep
that the boy had had for a plaything, and a piece of slate beside it was
marked with the A B C's. She had meant he should know his letters, and
perhaps some day go to school. Who knew what a wonderful future might
be before her boy? Hers? Well, yes, by all rights of honor. She had
taken him from drunken parents, when he was scarcely three months old.
She had shielded that little ruddy head from no one knew how many blows;
she had fed him, and clothed him, and loved him, and had cared for him
body and soul.
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She smoothed the apron across her lap, and began listlessly to braid. In
and out went the clumsy fingers, and ever wonderfully grew their beautiful
By and by, she put on her sunbonnet, the fac-simile of Mis ? Tripp's, and
went down to the farther pasture to get some blueberries. Very slowty she
picked them at first, and then finally not at all. She sat down in the midst
of the bushes, to the great disgust of the grasshopper population, and actu-
ally she smiled. It was a smile of determination and courage rather than
one of amusement.
She gave a twitch to her sunbonnet, and went briskly to work. Soon the
great pail beside her was filled to the very brim, for few people could pick
blueberries as fast as Jane Guptill could. She rose to her feet and started
homeward. " Mats don't sell very well this time of year," she soliloquized ;
" I guess likely I shall have to depend on berrying." A fallen bird's nest
lay on the grass at her feet, and she stooped to pick it up : "Land's sake ! "
said she, dropping it again, " I forgot he wasn't to home." Her big chin
quivered like a child's.
The days following were very busy ones to Mis' Guptill, and never once
did Mis' Tripp stop John Henry at her doorway. To be sine, one hot after-
noon, when Jane was sweltering as usual in the pasture, she had seen the
old blue dump-cart with John Henry just in front, and had caught a glimpse
of a little pink pinafore beside the calico apron and sunbonnet on the seat.
But what had cut her to the heart and had left a dull ache there for a long
time afterwards, was the sound of childish laughter and the prattle of a
childish voice, too happy by far to contain a hint of secret regret. To think
that her boy could be happy with any one but herself!
Just the same, she paused not an instant in the process of filling her pail,
and that very evening, late after sundown, she trudged wearily to the Coal
Kiln grocery, where she sold the fruits of her labor at the price of eight
cents a quart. Potatoes were high just then, but a little later they would
be cheaper, and by that time she would certainly be ready to purchase back
Day by day, her little hoard increased, and never a cent did she take from
it to buy herself tea or sugar. Tobacco had been long ago given up, for a
pair of wondering, childish eyes had quite stared her pipe out of countenance.
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She grew worn and thin, did Mis' Guptill, and possibly might have grown
pale, if it had not been for the sunburn that had browned her cheeks and
hands. Her hair was whitening steadily under the rays of the summer sun,
and happy air-castles about her boy prevented her sleeping at night.
It was already the middle of October when the longed-for event occurred.
Mis' Guptill went chuckling out to the grocery, jingling suspiciously a bag
that served her for a purse, and clattering her heavy boots unduly, as she
hurried over the sidewalk. Potatoes she wanted, she said, and the order she
gave was a large one. " Have 'em sent 'round to Mis' Tripp's," she said,
briskly, "and mind you be right smart about doing it." Then she paid for
them out of the jingly bag, and some one heard her mutter, as she passed
them at the door, " That's the last time I'll ever borrow again, if I die for
She thought it over as she turned Red Brook way, and wondered if it
could be true. Three years she had been borrowing, just a little, off and
on, and she'd no idea 'twould have amounted to such a mess as that. Well,
she'd got it paid off, at any rate, and she would certainly have her boy.
She had got so far down the lane now, that she could see Mis' Tripp's
gray cottage, as it stood out through the trees. It was a much better little
house than her own was, and had always been painfully neat. Never a shav-
ing found its way upon the grass in front, never a dead leaf was suffered
to remain upon the rocks behind. Even the stall which formed John Henry's
chamber was quite beyond reproach.
The sun was just at the setting, and the waters of Little Red Brook had
been drawing a deeper redness in the reflection of its glow. A boy in a
faded pink pinafore looked up as Mis' Guptill approached, and dropped a
mass of broken clam-shells to defile the grass at his feet. Beyond, just on
the doorstep, sat little Mis' Tripp herself. She looked frightened, as she
saw the intruder, but the boy, with a delighted shout, which did one hearer
good, ran as fast as his sturdy legs would carry him, into big Mis' Guptill's
embrace. He held her neck close in both his arms, one smudgy hand-smooth-
ing her cheek, and his little close-cropped head pressed lovingly against her
hair. She grew really white through her tan.
" Well, Jane," said Mis' Tripp, harshly, and with a touch of conscious
strength, " have you got those potatoes you owe me ? " and Jane, with unex-
pected promptness, replied meekly that she had.
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The silence that followed was as heavy as one other silence had been.
The boy still smoothed Mis' Guptill's cheek, but Mis' Tripp's hands were
trembling as she worked them in her lap. She got up and went over to
the two figures while they crouched upon the grass. "Lend me half, Jane,"
she said, timidly ; " stay here at Red Brook with us two. I want to borrow
half of the boy. Don't take him away from me." There were realty tears
in the hard old eyes that looked out from the sun bonnet. Mis' Guptill took
one arm from the boy, and put it around her sister. The unwonted caress
made her awkward, but her smile was one of assent.
The boy leaned back from her shoulder with a satisfied little sigh.
u Why, child!" said Mis' Tripp, briskly, "What is the trouble with your
face?" "Dirt," said the boy, laconically, and both of the women smiled.
BAN BOM BITS.
TEA WITH AUNT LETITIA.
How delightful it was to have tea with Aunt Letitia, especially in summer
when the evening meal was served in the eastern corner of the long, rose-
sheltered piazza. Aunt Letitia, witli her dainty cap, kerchief and shimmer-
ing gray silk gown, was a picture of charming hospitality as she sat oppo-
site one at that little table set with snowy damask, sparkling glass, old
silver and quaint blue china ; and then what fragrant tea, crisp toast and
amber honey she offered! And what good stories of old times she told as we
sat there with the climbing white roses, swaying in the evening breeze,
nodding like kindly friends, while the reflected light of the setting sun
touched the quiet valley and distant hills with a hundred opaline tints.
G. R. McF.
ONE NIGHT IN THE CANON.
All sound in the canon but that of the stream as it hasted over the rocks
and swished through the boughs of the low-lying sycamore, was lulled by
the coming of night. Darkness, dim-lit by the stars, lay in the groove of
the mountain, but high on San Antonio's peak fell a silver promise of light.
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I listened and watched and waited. Slowly, slowly down the crags the
midnight glory crept, till it touched the sleeping day-lily b} 7 my side, which
stirred as if waking at dawn. The southern moon had risen. Truly, "The
heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handi-
work." S. H. B.
TO MY DROPPED ELECTIVE.
I chose thee when to choose I had full power.
Each summer day I fondly thought on thee,
And proudly said, " I'll take Philology."
Impatient, long I waited for the hour,
But when it came, alas! stern Fate did lower.
The grim committee said, " It cannot be.
We cannot grant you such felicity.
Above us, see, that Schedule stern doth tower."
And now the reason for my change you know.
Not fickle was I, but against my will
Compelled to leave thee. Cease to haunt me so.
For care enough my wearied heart doth fill
Without beseeching thy pale form to go.
Pray leave me to my peaceful dreams. Be still.
PUN-ISHABLE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS.
Once there was a race — a race of girls. But it wasn't a human race ; it
was a race for knowledge. And there were many classes. And the girls
all ran, for " he who runs may read." Yet everybody said the girls didn't
take enough exercise ! The girls picked up bits of knowledge — when they
didn't stumble over them — and they carried these themselves, for they
couldn't always be expressed. And they made them into little mounds and
they left them. In so far as the mounds were right they were all alike, so
they did no one any good. Sometimes the mounds were quite flat. That
was a terrible condition ! As the mounds were heavy, the wonder was that
the teacher ever carried them away. But she always did, and no oue ever saw
them again. Still, when their mounds were carried away, the girls were let
pass. And in the end they all won. Whether they were four or five years
it was all one — to a degree. And in the end? At least they were tired.
M. T. W.', '95.
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AN AMUSING INCIDENT.
A few days ago a hundred and fifty unemployed men in Boston, under
the leadership of a certain socialistic "crank" and fanatic, marched up to
the State House and demanded to see the governor. He chanced to be
absent, and after a little aimless lingering in the corridors the men departed
and the demonstration from which the aforesaid crank had hoped great
results, accomplished nothing. This is a misstatement ; it had one effect.
It afforded a fine opportunity for a display of newspaper wit, and every
daily in Boston made the most of it. Their ridicule was chiefly directed
against the leader of the party, and the editors made themselves exceedingly
merry at his expense. He deserved it, of course; he ought to have known
that such a plan could result only in a fiasco, that the governor, had he been
present, could have done nothing, that the plan was foredoomed to failure,
and ridiculous failure at that. All this the editors said, but there were
some things they omitted. They did not mention, for instance, that he is a
graduate of one of our best known Eastern colleges, a man of wealth and
refinement, who, becoming convinced that our social order is wrong, has
devoted his fortune and himself to its improvement. They did not state
that he has given up comfort and ease and congenial companionship, and is
living in the poorest way among the poorest people, that he may win their
confidence and help them as they cannot help themselves. They did not
say that he is sacrificing every personal ambition, repressing every longing
for personal happiness, making his personal existence a living sacrifice, that
he may practise what the rest of us profess to believe. These things had
nothing to do with the case. Practical common sense and a due regard for
one's own interests is what we need in these days, my brethren, and if a
man have not these he is fair game for the editorial witlings, no matter
what trifles in the way of self-sacrifice, heroism and devotion to humanity
he may possess.
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WE, the '94 editorial board of the Wellesley Magazine, being of
sane mind, in perfect health and memory, and in possession of all
•our rightful faculties, do hereby make this our last will and testament. We
do give and bequeath to the '95 editorial board and their heirs forever, our
corner of the corridor on the fourth floor, containing a chest of drawers, a
lock-box and key, a table, and an inscription of antiquarian value, " The
Office of the Wellesley Prelude"; the key to the closet in Elocution Hall,
and the contents thereof, dust, cobwebs, and back numbers of the " Prelude "
and MAGAZINE; our printer; all the MSS. which have poured in upon us,
during the last month, from aspiring Ninety-fives; the accumulating text-
books sent in for the board to review. And we do, moreover, will and devise
to the '95 board and their heirs forever, the ensuing rules of conduct for
their safe guidance through the vicissitudes of magazine life: — (1.) So
frame all editorials that the chance insertion of nine lines of utterly extra-
neous matter will not interfere in the slightest with the continuity of
thought. (2.) Proffer each request for an article at least three months
beforehand, with postal cards of reminder sent out at suitable intervals, and
appoint the final date of its arrival fully two weeks before it will be actually
needed. (3.) Inaugurate and preserve the custom of adding to the slender
stock of alumnae notes by judicious manufacture, and secure services of a
Dead Letter Office employee to assist in the deciphering of any notes that
may voluntarily appear. (4.) Cultivate the habit of looking at the daily
annals of college life as through a microscope, and by incessant effort learn
to make the most out of a very little, and to slight not the humblest detail.
(5.) During vacations let each member of the board indite one short story,
two poems, three editorials and four Free Press articles, taking extraor-
dinary pains to render them of so light a character as to perceptibly counter-
act the weight of any long article which may be sent in for publication. In
witness whereof we have hereunto put our hands this ? day of March, 1894.
The Editorial Board of '94.
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NOTHING could be much more trite and unoriginal than any remarks
upon the arrival of the spring. Yet we cannot refrain from giving a
welcome to the season which holds in store so many delights. The maple
buds are swelling and turning red, and the yellow willow tree across the lake
is taking on a greenish tint as the rising sap brings new life to every twig.
Now and then the fragment of a song, unheard for many months, floats out
from the shadows of the pine tree boughs.
There is a magic in the air that hints of the time when we can truly say : —
" The winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
IN a recent editorial in the Magazine, on the journalistic " Woman's
Page," the doubt was expressed that the protest would ever reach the
eyes for which it was intended. But we were too modest; not realizing the
extent of our influence. The " Congregationalist " of Feb. 15 quotes the
editorial as " A Sensible Protest." We hope that this is an indication of
a sphere of influence perhaps inclusive of "the great dailies, which count
their circulation by thousands and hundreds of thousands." At any rate, we
would thank our honored contemporary for its encouragement of our spirit
Is there not something suggestive in this publicity, for those among us
who are desirous of winning fame? Have we no "Jos" in our midst, who
enjoy the excitement of get.ing in a " vortex " ? Surely there must be some
ambitious maidens who covet other than college laurels. The Magazine
presents an opportunity for making the beginning of a career as a writer
which we will not limit.
THERE is an article in a late number of the " Cosmopolitan," entitled "A
Hint for Colleges," which is certainly suggestive to those who know
anything of college life. It advocates the introduction of manual training
as a part of the required curriculum, particularly the study of drawing.
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'We give our attention here in Wellesley, both directly and indirectly, to
athletics for the development of the different parts of the body, and are
producing good results. If something of the same general care could be
given to the increase of manual dexterity, what fine things we might hope
for in the future ! What delightful illustrated articles for the Magazine !
The drawings would be no trouble, for we would all have some ability in
that direction, and much hidden talent would be brought to light.
Much beauty that is now unseen in the commonest accessories of our
daily life, would become a source of pleasure if we but possessed some prac-
tical knowledge of sketching.
So, when our college reaches its ideal state ; when the observatory, the
chapel and the gymnasium are secured, we will hope that the drawing classes
will be as eagerly sought as the basket-ball field or the tennis courts.
In the absorbing interests of our college life, the events of the great out-
side world pass by unnoticed by very many of us. Of course, it is natural
that the duties pressing upon us for immediate attention should occupy the
greater part of our time and thought. But shall we not become somewhat
narrow if we continually limit our horizon to the hills surrounding Waban
Mere? The year that has already seen the reconciliation of the Emperor
William and Prince Bismarck; the resignation, probably for the last time,
of Mr. Gladstone, and the continuance of two revolutions, surely cannot be
an uninteresting historical period to live in.
We are greatly obliged to those who record for us the most important
items of daily news. But something more than a glance at the library bul-
letin board is necessary in order to have an intelligent knowledge of the
events of the day.
Perhaps if we could look at the politics of our own time and country
from the historical point of view, our interest in it would be more real.
THE tendency of college life is toward the growth of a certain fine
reserve. The student gains new power of expression, firmer mental
grasp, a shining vision of life's many mysteries, and becomes yearly a more
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fluent writer, a better conversationalist, a wiser friend. Perhaps, seemingly,
he gives generously on every hand from the treasures of his storehouse ;
yet meanwhile, in the soul's inmost recess, lies its real wealth, every intellec-
tual advance riveting the bars which defy invasion. We do not say it is
best, we censure it not, we simply hold it is true.
WE have read of a "great, bright god of Self-restraint," revered by
the Japanese. We have wished that he might become a strong
reality to certain Wellesley girls. If we are continually bemoaning the
quantity of work we have done and the overwhelming amount yet before
us ; if we are forever pitying ourselves and magnifying our several ailments
and misfortunes; if we whine and grumble and fret over the necessary and
the inevitable, then an early acquaintance with that " great, bright god"
would be a boon to all with whom we come in contact. If we would only
quietly remedy what we can, and as quietly shoulder and bear what remains,
daily life would be more cheerful, and companionship a more exalted delight.
£0e Sttt (press.
Now that the advisability of some form of student government is being dis-
cussed in the class meeting, the corridors, the study and the columns of the
Wellesley Magazine, it may be helpful to get before us a general view of stu-
dent government as it exists in our sister colleges, Vassar, Bryn Mawr and
Smith. We have to learn so much by personal experience that we are glad to
study at a safe distance, delicate and perhaps dangerous experiments in process
The membership of the Students' Association of Vassar consists of all members
of the college. The object is "to transact business pertaining to the whole body
of students, and to further the interests of the students so far as lies within its
powers." The rules for self-government fall under four heads: provisions for
trust, provisions for time of retiring, provisions for exercise, and provisions for
chapel attendance. In most respects they are so similar to like provisions at
Wellesley that a detailed explanation would be superfluous. One noticeable
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point is that in case of college engagements holding after 9.35 p. m. the students
are allowed twenty-five minutes to compose themselves for the night. Daily
exercise for not less than one hour in the open air is required. Exercise in the
gymnasium may be substituted, and one hour or more of active committee work is
considered a substitute for one-half hour of out-door exercise. The provisions
for chapel attendance are, at first sight, calculated to stagger the average Welles-
ley student. The privileged senior is allowed four cuts a semester, but the rest
of the members have to be content with three, the Sunday morning service count-
ing as two.
The making of rules is always a simpler matter than their enforcement. This
heavy task the Vassar Association entrusts to a committee on self-government.
This committee has it in its power to summon before it any members of the
association, and may even suspend from membership any student guilty of
flagrant breach of the rules.
I was unable to obtain a copy of the detailed rules of the Bryn Mawr Students'
Association, but the general plan seems to be similar to that used at Vassar.
The association aims to deal with all those questions concerning the conduct of
its members which do not fall under the jurisdiction of the authorities of the
college or of the mistresses of the halls of residence. An executive committee
carries out the will of the association, and at present there is an advisory com-
mittee whose duty it is to advise and act with the executive board. It is thought
that this will considerably lighten the responsibility of the committee which before
was too powerful for its own comfort.
The immediate responsibility for the conduct of the students in each dormitory
rests with three proctors. If a proctor finds herself unable to deal with a student
she applies to the board of proctors. This board investigates the case and deals
with it as it sees fit. In case the offence merits severe treatment the student
receives a formal remonstrance. If the board prefers not to deal with the matter
alone it calls in the advisory committee; the refractory student is summoned
before them and if unable to excuse herself for her disregard of the formal remon-
strance, is reprimanded by the president. If this reprimand is unavailing, the
student is requested to live outside the college.
The greatest drawback to the self-government system at Bryn Mawr is found
to be the large sacrifice of time and strength required of its officers. Ought not
this to have considerable weight with the Wellesley girl who even now may
regard her college life as a grinding system of work and committee meetings?
The system at Smith is comparatively simple. The so-called conference com-
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mittee of faculty and students was organized about two years ago. Its object is
to give the students some voice in matters that particularly concern them, and to
provide official means of communication between teachers and students. A com-
mittee of eight from the faculty meets with ten representatives of the students.
These representatives are the four class-presidents, three members of the senior
class, two juniors and a sophomore. The students, as far as I can learn, are
heartily satisfied with the effects of this system. They do not claim that the
students gain more actual liberty by having some voice in the conduct of affairs,
but they feel that it does have the desirable effect of narrowing the awful gulf
popularly supposed to exist between faculty and students.
Student government means anything but no government. Viewed in any light
it must be regarded as a decidedly heavy elective which one would hesitate to
add to a heavy programme. In the very idea of some form of co-operative govern-
ment there is a certain fairness and squareness which cannot but appeal strongly
to many of us who feel that in the present system there is something lacking to
bring about the best possible understanding between the governing and the
Florence T. Forbes.
There are two rules in Wellesley College which have been strangely neglected :
Rule VI. : "A brief period of strictly silent time will be observed each evening.
During this time the students will be required to be in their rooms and silent" ; and
Rule VII: "At 10 p. m. students will promptly extinguish their lights, retire
and preserve quiet. No work is permitted until the rising bell." We have, as
college students, been more or less spasmodically considering the subject of co-
operative government. These two propositions have a real though not obvious
connection which I wish to show. I would attempt an analysis of one phase ot
this subject : — the causes of the non-observance by Wellesley students of the rules
for personal conduct, a proposed remedy, and the bearing of this remedy on the
plans for co-operative government.
Theoretically, there is a wide step between the student at the preparatory school
and the college woman. Practically, this step is at first not so apparent. The
new member of the college looks at her college life in much the same way as she
looked at her life in the preparatory school. There it was often thought that
rules were made by those without interest in the students, and since they were
made under such conditions, they need not be kept. And thus the friction
between faculty and student began. Friction between faculty and student, it is
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obvious, means loss of power to both. But the girl at the preparatory school is
still in that age between the girl and the woman when the recklessness and the
restlessness are all on the surface, thrust out by the slow growing of her nobler
self; so she comes to college with perhaps some grave ideal of what a college
woman should be, at least awake to certain new responsibilities and influences
which a new atmosphere would exert. But in this matter of rules, call it a slight
matter if you will, what does example teach? Across the corridor is a '96 room,
next to her a '95 or '94. Lights are burning long past ten, and the sudden quiet
during silent time simply means a professor is coming. Of course, the new mem-
bers of the Wellesley life quickly follow example, and one more centre of confu-
sion is added to the whole. Example is never so contagious as in this crowded
Wellesley world. This is not altogether inference or observation. Some of the
'97's have said : " We came to college supposing rules were to be kept, but when
we told upper-class girls we had broken one, they only laughed and said, 'No
one keeps rules here ! ' "
Much of the responsibility for this lack of fidelity towards the college life lies
among the upper-class girls. It is true that we come to college for something
more than mere academic work. There is a social life and an atmosphere
belonging to it, that means as much of length and breadth and height as the
pure intellectual development. But neither side of Wellesley life may be ne-
glected. Neither the girl who spends all the evening at spreads and sits up late to
study nor the girl who studies all the evening and sits up late for the one more
point, is a true exponent of the Wellesley life. It is a false conception of the
purpose of these rules to say that they were made simply because the students are
not old enough to judge for themselves. Be that as it may, surely where interests
are interwoven one with the other, where each student determines in part the
true conservatism of time and energy for the whole, such a trivial conception does
not seem befitting a thoughtful college woman. Our days are busy ones, our
moments are crowded, we grow impatient at interruption during study hours, we
wish sometimes that rules were stricter. At present, then, does it not seem more
dignified to regard those we already have as natural restrictions of our little world,
corresponding to those that will be laid upon us by society at large when school
work is over?
But whether we believe it wise or not to study after ten, this remains true : when
entering Wellesley College, as students, we place ourselves under the regulations
governing personal conduct as surely as under those governing academic work.
No one thinks of entering a society with a condition. Why, then, should it be
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thought any^the less possible to talk during silent time? We may say we do not
believe in rules, we may say that health does not demand the rest, we may
say that our lessons cannot be learned between seven in the morning and ten at
night, — the only bearing such objections have on the subject is that they call for
the consideration of a change. They alter in no degree the absolute demand the
college may make on us for their observance. Imagine a saloon keeper without
a license brought before the court saying, " I don't believe in the power of a city
to limit the right of an individual, and I shall keep my saloon open." " O, thou,
wise in thy generation, go to the neighboring town where there is no license ; if
thou stayest here, sell not a drop." It is true that as students we scarcely realize
how we are pledged to the observance of rules. It is rather from this lack of
consideration than from any attempt at defiance, the trouble comes. We may
forget their true purpose and see them only as barriers between our needs and
their fulfilment, but we dare not as matriculates forget our pledge.
In the college building especially the effects of this lack of consideration and
forgetfulness are very apparent. Corridors are noisy long after ten, and the quiet
of the silent time means nothing for the student anxious for a rest. The academic
work suffers, and loss of rest means a tense nervousness for the next day. But worse
than this is the effect on the moral growth. Wellesley may truly be proud of
the noble, symmetrical women she fits for the responsible duties of life, but that
symmetry must come in a large measure from the realization that the wishes of
the individual must give way to the needs of the community. The reverse means
a sharp corner instead of a rounded curve in the student's development.
This problem of rules and regulations is not peculiar to Wellesley. Two
colleges have tried to solve it in two different ways. Amherst has a senate com-
posed of ten members — four seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and one
freshman, the chairman of the committee being the president of the college. As
expressed in its annual catalogue, when a student enters Amherst, " he is received
as a gentleman, and as such is trusted to conduct himself in obedience to law and
maintenance to order. The privileges of the college are granted only to those
who enter into an agreement to fulfil in all respects this trust." College rules
are then simplified and their observance put upon the honor of the individual
student. Whenever it appears that a student has broken this contract in any
matter outside of pure academic work, the case is brought before the senate
which determines whether the contract is broken and if broken whether it shall
be renewed. In Vassar there is a Students' Association in which all members of
the college, merely because they are college members, are enrolled. The rules
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of the association are framed by the students and are, in several cases, more
severe in their requirements than are ours. If any student is unwilling to hold
membership in this association and abide by its rules, she must submit herself to
the supervision of the faculty. This association observes all breaches of orders
and passes judgment upon them.
Both of these methods are for the present impracticable for Wellesley for two
reasons. This is true : if the in-coming president has other plans for the solu-
tion of this problem, she would scarcely wish to shape the workings of a foreign
plan yet in its infancy. She could hardly give at the entrance into new duties
the time or consideration the oversight of such a plan demands. This would be
doubly true if she were unused to Wellesley life. Again, any plan for co-opera-
tive government means additional responsibility on the part of the student, and no
such responsibility should ever be granted until we, as students, show ourselves
strong and ready for it. The value of any new plan should not be risked on the
attitude of a number of thoughtless students. As yet we seem hardly awake to
our responsibilities. Complaints against rules not kept amount to nothing, half-
hearted interest, if it goes no further, is worse than nothing. So long as corridor
teachers are required, so long as students are mere girls and not college women,
just so long would the faculty hesitate to lessen their responsibility, further to
increase the students. This belief of theirs means our own continued inaction,
and it means the discouragement of plans for a co-operative government which
shall include on a recognized basis both faculty and students.
Where shall we start? We recognize the disorder and, to a certain degree, we
recognize our desire for something different. Let us recognize as well our own
responsibility. Let us recognize that any beginning must be from the lowest
round, and means self-denial, systematic work and labor. Let us, since we are
Wellesley students, make that beginning; let us keep the rules. If, after a
thorough trial we find that either rules or academic work must suffer, then we
can demand a change, either of rules or of academic work. For the one was
made in the interests of the other ; they are not two distinct entities, but functions
of the same quantity.
The results from such observance would fully justify the self-denial. There
would be quiet during study hours, freedom from interruption, and hence that
provision for academic work which we all desire — system. There would be the
dignified college woman awake to her responsibilities, yet, withal, keeping her
true social nature open. But, far more than all, there would be another common
ground between faculty and students. If in Wellesley still survives a touch of that
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older form of relationship between faculty and students which more truly belongs
to boarding-school life, when the interests of its two members were supposed to
be divergent, it may be destroyed. As a body of college women recognizing the
necessities of the moment, recognizing also the change and alleviation time will
bring, we should respond with true loyalty to the requirements. We cannot
doubt this response would be met by that other body of college women, the
faculty, and the basis for broader, more radical plans will be laid. Is it not
worth the effort?
E. H. Y., '96.
Every human-made rule has its exception, and by a thoughtful mind and a clear
judgment the earnest consideration of possible exceptions to even the most
worthy rule will be given a courteous attention. With this remark, which would
be trite, were it not so often apparently disregarded, we will unburden ourselves
of a weight we have carried for three years of a college course. There are few
sensible Wellesley girls who do not thankfully appreciate the blessing of the
"lights out at ten" requirement. They are glad enough to lay aside work and
retire to peaceful dreams, undisturbed by noise or troubled with anxiety. They
are heartily grateful for the strengthening influence it has upon health-preserva-
tion, and willingly co-operate to further its well-being. Yet there are none
among them who do not know that it is possible for even the best regulated, most
far-sighted and systematic student to find herself occasionally by force of circum-
stances with a piece of work on her hands requiring one or two hours more than
she can wring from the ordinary sources. It is a real case of " Zeit est geld,"
and two hours that evening are quadruple the value of two hours the next after-
noon. Given such data for her problem, the student has but two methods of
solution. Shall she rise by her alarm-clock to seize the small hours of the morn-
ing and accomplish her work by lamplight to the exceeding detriment of eyesight
and general unfitness for the duties of the day so prematurely begun, or shall she,
thoroughly in the spirit of the work, continue one or two hours after the ten
o'clock bell, and retire for seven or eight hours' soundest sleep upon that soft
pillow — the consciousness of a hard task's successful completion? Experience
having taught her that the second is the lesser of two evils, she descends to make
known her need and desire to the proper authority. Often the simple statement
is deemed sufficient, but often she is expostulated with, and either refused point
blank or limited so as to render the permission practically valueless. It is under
such circumstances, O ye sympathetic Free Press, that she longs for a vivid mani-
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festation for the regard proverbially attached to exceptions, and yearns that some
weight be granted to the good sense and discretion of a college woman.
We cannot refrain from taking up a free lance in behalf of the Wellesley stu-
dents in the village. Whoever strolls through that dreariest region of College
Hall, the Catacombs, of a noon-time, may view these unhappy creatures, sitting
on hard benches, eating cold lunches in their underground abode, surrounded by
a phalanx of umbrellas and an army of rubber overshoes, with no more pleasing
field of vision than the dingy array of lost note-books and MSS. adorning the
numerous dusty pigeon-holes. Could not arrangements be made whereby cheer-
ful surroundings and something warm might be provided for people who often
have a long walk and a hard morning's work behind them, and three recitations
and a long walk before them ? Could not a small extra table in College Hall,
one in each of the cottages, and in several of the dining-rooms at Stone Hall be
arranged for, and systematic provision be made for all village students obliged to
remain at the college during the noon hour?
Secondly, could not Dr. Barker at the Eliot grant village students all permis-
sions for absence from college. Though quite unforeseen on Saturday, it may
be necessary to go into Boston on a Monday morning, the earlier the train the
better, and, under present arrangements, the village student must tramp a mile
and back before she can gain the requisite permission from the authority at
College Hall. Living in the village has certain disadvantages and deprivations
which are necessary afflictions, but the crying evils we have mentioned are
capable of amelioration, and ought in the near future to be abolished.
"Fifteen minutes for refreshments!" We all acknowledge the attractiveness
of this announcement when taking a little journey in the world. But here in
college we have more than fifteen minutes in which to satisfy the cravings of the
inner woman. In fact, sometimes the amount of time quite overbalances the
contents of our lunch-baskets, especially if the latter are conspicuous for their
absence. Those of us who abide in the village realize the necessity for the fre-
quent appearance of the aforesaid lunch-baskets. But any charm of novelty
which they may have possessed early in the year, has by this time vanished in the
recesses of the Catacombs.
Sometimes when, through some unforeseen accident, we have to exist on a
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mental diet of Ruskin or perhaps Hindu philosophy, we ask ourselves, why is
this thus? In our mind's eye we see a room, not in the Catacombs, in which are
many little tables. Each table has its quota of girls, evidently enjoying the hot
soup, bouillon and sandwiches, which are to be had for a small sum. We cannot
discover further details of the picture, for the light is dim. But of one thing we
feel quite certain, if our vision ever materializes, that those who now groan under
the burden of lunch-baskets and boxes would hail with delight the opportunity to
free themselves from this bondage.
The Beginnings of the English Romantic Movement, by VV. L. Phelps,
Instructor of English Literature at Yale College. Published by Ginn & Co.,
Mr. Phelps has bravely entered a new field of literary study, and has written
the first history of English romanticism. He traces the romantic movement dur-
ing the years 1700- 1765, from its first faint beginnings to its firm establishment
by Gray. The book is evidently the result of careful, critical research, and the
fact that it is of more interest to the technical student than to the general reader
is due more to the "desperately dull" character of the literature with which it
deals than to the method and style of the writer.
Practical Methods in Microscopy, by Charles H. Clark. Published by D.
C. Heath & Co., Boston.
For the private worker and beginner in scientific investigation, this book jDrom-
ises to be of great value. It is essentially practical, theory being omitted, except
when necessary to an understanding of the directions. Clear, detailed directions
are given as to the care and use of the microscope, and as to methods of prepar-
ing and mounting specimens. The book is beautifully illustrated, is well indexed,
and contains, in an appendix, formulae for the preparation of necessary substances.
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The "Dartmouth Literary Monthly" for February comes to us with an attrac-
tive table of contents. It contains, for the most part, very readable short stories
and well-formed verse. We take the liberty to quote from the exchange editor,
who says : —
"It is now customary to give personal credit to the author as well as to the periodical.
This is as it should be, and it is as applicable, we think, in the college literary world. Too
many of our exchanges make use of that comprehensive and meaningless monosyllable,
" Ex." Who has not discovered some of his orphaned children perambulating under that
villainous name of "Ex."? After all, why should we not have our story-tellers, our poets
and critics in our own little literary world? There are men in every college who are
experts in one of those branches; a very few dabble in them all. Let us give our college
" scribblers " the benefit of a brief four years' reputation in this toy world of letters before
they are lost in the great ocean of literature. The practice of giving personal credit in our
exchange departments would make them of much greater interest to the college at large.
A very few of our exchanges have already adopted the custom of giving the author his due,
and we see no reason why it should not become general. It is certain, at least, that the
much quoted "Ex." should cease to figure so largely as the author of our brightest
If the above suggestion were followed, perhaps our exchange columns would
be read with more interest. Of the short stories for the month, we liked best
"His First Client," by Burpee C. Taylor; although, from the beginning, the
plot was too evident. Of the verse, " Love's Old Sweet Song," by John H. Bart-
lett, is the most finished. We recommend to the amateur short story writer, a
perusal of the leading article, "The Short Story," by Prof. C. F. Richardson,
from which we quote the following : —
" Confining our view, then, to the short story, it should never be forgotten, first of all,
that the story must be interesting in itself. No cleverness of occasional phrase, no presen-
tation of peculiar character, no inserted delineation of unfamiliar scene, no discussion of
this or that phase of religion, morals, society, social reform, politics or poverty, can take
the place of inherent and apparently artless interestingness. That is the quality which
saves the masterpieces of fiction, and sometimes makes a little masterpiece out of unsus-
The " Harvard Advocate " thinks that the chirography of the Harvard instruct-
ors of English " now demands a more serious attention." " Men who work con-
scientiously over the hopelessly dull tasks imposed by English C, justly resent
having to waste their time and eyes in deciphering hyper-criticisms." We exhort
Wellesley students to hear these complaints with lenience ; for the Harvard stu-
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dents are compelled to decipher the handwriting of three forensic instructors.
This March number contains several exceedingly original stories, especially " The
Fragment of a Modern Tale," by John Mack," Jr., and "A Summer Incident,"
by R. L. Raymond.
The prose articles of the "Yale Literary Magazine" for February are above
the average college magazine production. The leading article, " A Defense of
Grinds," by Edward B. Reed, is exceedingly well written and full of sound sense.
The " Smith College Monthly" for February opens with a long, interesting
story, rich in subtle humor and fine delineation of character. It is called " His
Option," by Mary A. Jordan. The other articles, "The Death of Scyld "
(Poem), "Stories of the West," "Poem," " The Possibilities of Domestic Co-
operation," "The Tramp," "One of My Scholars," and "Pastel," are of high
literary merit. The editorial columns discuss the unnecessary and pedantic use of the
the two terms. Alumnus and Alumna ; and the excessive sensibility among fellow-
students in regard to mutual literary criticism. We clip a
Dark the woods behind us growing,
Bright the sunset colors glowing
And the pine trees, blowing, blowing,
Sighed and shivered — Love and Fear
Mingled like a smile and tear, —
Sighed and shivered, sobbed and quivered,
— Hope and Dread
A mighty thread
In our life was weaving —
Blacker grew the clouds to westward;
Thunders muttered and re-echoed,
Till the lightning's bright flash cleaving
Burned the doubt into believing.
In each others eyes we read
End of all the mystic dread;
Were no longer shuddering spirits
Trembling in each other's presence,
But a free, ecstatic being,
From our one soul God's world seeing,
But a home for our abiding
Till our spirits, strong, confiding,
Stand no longer at Love's door,
But joyous pass the threshold o'er.
— M. P. Wyatt.
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Perhaps a reason for the great lack of college verse for February in";honor of
St. Valentine may be found in the following lines, taken from " The Yale
Courant" : —
Cupid of old was a lad small and gay,
His mirth was contagious — he laughed all the day,
His arrows found rest in each feminine heart;
A man was the salve he applied for each smart.
St. Valentine then was the god of the year,
To men and to maidens, hoth equally dear.
But now Cupid pines; he's no longer the thing;
His arrows have lost their once much-heloved sting.
He's out of the fashion — 'tis plain to all eyes —
Each girl from his influence sorrowful Mies.
Come, let us call hack the delights of old times,
With Love as Religion, let's be Valentines.
— Edward W.\Hobart.
"The Mount Holyoke", however, has not forgotten the rapidly waning four-
teenth of February, and oilers us these dainty lines : —
Sun, golden sun, hast thou never seen night?
Rising and sinking in oceans of light!
Moon, silver moon, hast thou never seen day?
Sailing serene on thy star-jeweled way!
Loved one, my loved one, I'll love thee alway,
Till the sun shall see night, and the moon shall see day!
— Catharine Y. Glen, '94-
We also clip from this magazine,
A buttercup close by the gate
In yellow brightness bloometh late
My lady in her silken gown
From out her hammock steppeth down,
The sinking sun far in the west
In amber cloudlets seeketh rest,
My lady's golden locks spun fine,
E'en though the sun half dazzleth, shine
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The verse of "The Brown Magazine " for February is exceedingly good. We
select the first stanza of the " Storm "(in three stanzas), by Dallas Lou Sharp : —
I listened and did hear
The coming of the storm;
At its deep and distant tread
O'er the earth's unburied dead;
O'er the cold earth's lifeless form,
As o'er a bier —
Fell a pall ;
Ere it passed
Of the blast,
And the wail
Of the voices in the gale.
Also, " Prometheus Chained," by H. L. K. :—
Self-doomed to gyve and talon ! Hour by hour
The crawling days drag out their tortuous train;
The sun smites on him, and the freezing rain;
And through each thrill of anguish he has power
To make the last, and step into a bower
Of ease profounder than his present pain,
He will not yield, though beak and claw that strain
To its last shred that faithful heart devour.
So fared he long ago who brought men light;
So fares the light-bringer of latter days ;
And we, who owe his gift, our warmth and light,
Forget the heaven he leaves to bring its rays;
Forget the piercing crags, the vulture-spite,
And all the pain whereby that blessing stays.
The first article of "The Columbia Literary Monthly " for February, "The
Literary Criticism of the Pentateuch," by William Henry Bawden, is clear and
scholarly. The magazine for this month contains a pleasing mixture of poems,
stories and didactic sketches. We should like to quote from a poem, called " The
Outcast," by Herbert Miiller Hopkins ; but it will not bear disintegration, and we
have not room for the whole.
The prose articles of " The Wesleyan Literary Monthly" for February are: a
farce, " The Income Tax," by John A. Thompson ; " Thomas Hardy's Power as
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a Novelist," by William S.Woods; "A Sketch of Wesleyan Journalism," by
Verona J. Smith; and " Mythology in Keats's Poetry," by Andrew Gillies. The
" Story of the Brook " is an excellent poem by Charles O. Judkins. From it we
clip the following lines : —
I spring into spray in my madness;
I ripple soft music in gladness.
I whirl into eddies entrancing,
And charm fairy nymphs into dancir»g.
I caress curbing strands in their whiteness,
And bear burdens floating in lightness.
I'm whirling, and diving, and twisting,
All forces to stop me resisting.
I'm laughing and shouting and crying,
Yet love, joy and sorrow denying.
Also we take from this magazine "Chappie's Lament," by B. F. G. : —
I walked one day with Phyllith
Ovah in Bothton town,
I in me long Pwince Albert,
She in a new Worth gown.
I talked that day with Phyllith
Ovah in Bothton town,
Of things intenth and thoulful;
Begged her me love to cwown.
I pawted that day from Phyllith
Ovah in Bothton town;
She'd be a bwothah to me, she said,
But wouldn't be Mitheth Bwown.
We like very much, "Where Saltsprays Blow," by J. R. Craighead, in " The
Williams Literary Monthly " for February : —
Where saltsprays blow the marge along,
The breakers, growling deep and low,
All join the sea-gull's wildest song.
Gnashing the rocks that stand so strong,
And drive them raging back below.
Where saltsprays blow the cliffs among,
There shadows fall, and dark pines grow,
And sunlight almost seems a wrong
Where saltsprays blow.
Where saltsprays blow, there sunset glow
In touching sea and sky will long
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To linger in a golden bow,
Making the rockbound breakers show
That death and beauty doth belong
Where saltsprays blow.
From " The Williams Weekly" for March i, we clip
Our Esteemed Contemporary.
The light is lit of poesy,
Of comedy and tragedy;
And monthly do our eyes attest
That genius burns, and burns her best
Within the Sanctum's sanctity.
No matter how this come to be —
We kneel as humble votary;
With laurels be our praise expressed.
The light is lit!
We're of that goodly company
Of blindest, for we will not see
The faults. Yet, were the truth confessed,
We'd gladly say: " Give us a rest!"
For, lighter than simplicity,
The Lit. is light!
Miss Marion Canfield has been elected president of the Banjo Club.
Mr. Woods of Andover House spoke Wednesday, February 28, on the subject
of College Settlement before members of the College Settlement Association and
such other members of the college as cared to attend.
Monday evening, March 5. a piano recital by Ferruccio B. Busoni was given in
the chapel. Selections from Beethoven, Chopin, Weber, Liszt and Schumann
were rendered, as well as original compositions by Busoni.
Wednesday evening, February 21, Professor Whiting and the members of the
second physics class were invited to attend the lecture on " Color," given by
Professor Cross of the Institute of Technology.
Miss Perkins, '91, Miss Agnes Damon, '93, Miss Flagg, Miss Louise Edwards,
'93, Miss Mary Young, Miss Martha Macauley, '92, Miss Frances Pinkham, '93,
Miss Marian Wilcox, '93, Miss Mary Hazard, '93, Miss Virginia Dodge, '92,
Miss Lylie Foster, '93, Miss Lilla Simonds, '93, Miss Gertrude Coolidge, '93,
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Miss Cora Stewart, '91, and Miss Bettie Keith, '93, have been among the former
students who have lately visited the college.
The Glee and Banjo clubs will give their concert on Monday evening, April 16.
Thursday evening, March 1, members of the Banjo Club played at the College
Wellesley is proud of its sophomores. While the papers have been filled for
the last three or four weeks with accounts of disasters at other colleges, due to a
sophomoric overflow of spirit, the Wellesley sophomores have brought down
upon their devoted heads the respect of present and future generations. It has
been voted by the class of '96, and a written agreement has been signed by its
members to the effect that they will obey all rules of the college which apply
directly to the order of the students. A marked improvement has been noticed.
The delegates to the convention of student volunteers, which was held recently
at Detroit, have returned. The delegates were Miss Mabel Learoyd, '94, presi-
dent of the Wellesley Volunteer Association ; Miss Cornelia Huntington, '95,
from the Christian Association, and Miss Iza Skelton, '95.
The board of visitors have been recently going the rounds of the college.
An interesting talk was given by Mrs. Susan S. Fessenden, president of the
Mass. W. C. T. U. on the evening of February 25.
A concert was given by the students of the school of music, Monday evening,
March 5. It is considered one of the best of this sort which has ever been given
Miss Mary Isham has been elected by the class of '94 to take the place of first
historian, which was left vacant by the resignation of Miss Tracy.
Miss Fitz of Boston recently visited the botany department.
Sunday evining, Feb. 25, Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer addressed the seniors in
the Norumbega parlors. Her general subject was an appeal to the students to
have in their lives the three elements which make the Angelus so universally
beloved, "work, love and worship."
Mr. Haskell of Harvard has been coaching the basket-ball teams. Miss Hill
hopes to permanently engage his services. Mr. Haskell is the manager of the
Feb. 22, Miss Denio took her classes to the Art Museum, to Trinity Church,
and especially to visit Mr. Stetson of Boston, who gave them the benefit of his
fine art studies.
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Wednesday, March 7» the college was visited by President Walker of the Insti-
tute of Technology, President Hyde of Bovvdoin and Professor Cummings of
The rew Magazine board will make its first public appearance in the April
number. The names of the editors are as follows : Editor-in-chief, Grace Cald-
well ; associate editor, Sarah C. Weed ; business managers, Elizabeth Stark,
Alethea Ledyard ; literary editors, Caroline Jacobus, May Pitkin. Kate Nelson,
Charlotte Goodrich ; special editor, Louise Richardson ; alumna editor, Maude
Keller. The editors have already begun their work with a great deal of enthu-
siasm. An attempt has recently been made to put the Magazine upon a settled
pecuniary basis. It is hoped that the attempt will succeed.
Saturday evening, March 3, the juniors received the freshmen in the gymnasium.
The scene presented there carried one back to the last century, for the juniors
were all dressed as men of a hundred years ago with knickerbockers, ruffles,
wigs and cocked hats. Miss Kelsey as George Washington and Miss Sweetzer
as Lady Washington received the guests. Among the noted men present were
Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton. The entertainment for the evening was the
" Operetta of the Forest," written by Misses Wilder and Willis. Dancing and
refreshments followed until silent time. The dress rehearsal given on the after-
noon of the same day was attended by the seniors, sophomores and specials.
Zeta Alpha held its regular programme meeting Feb. 24, the subject of the
evening being Venice.
I. The Republic of Venice, a Historical Sketch, Kate Winthrop Nelson
II. Vet etian Architecture Grace Louise Addeman
III. Music ....
IV. A Trio of Venetian Painters
V. Life in Mediaeval Venice
VI. Music. Song
VII. Sketches from Modern Venice
Martha Conant and Belle Shervvin, '90, Martha McCaulleVi '9 2 > Mary Hazard,
'93, and Grace Webber, '9i"'93> were present at the meeting.
Adelaide Virginia Schoonover
Martha Hale Shackford
Elizabeth Morris Wood
Mary Josephine Salter
332 THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE.
At the Zeta Alpha vesper service, Feb. 25, music was rendered by Misses
Webber, Nelson, Hazard, Hasbrook, Brown, Wood, Wilcox and Schoonover.
The regular programme meeting of the Shakespeare Society, postponed from
Feb. 24, was held in Shakespeare Hall, Friday evening, March 2. The follow-
ing was the
I. Shakespeare News ....... Mary Mudgett
II. Talk. Othello and Desdemona .... M. Gertrude Wilson
III. Dramatic Representation
Othello, Act III., Scene 1.
IV. Iago, the Master of Circumstances . . . Helen Marion Kelsey
V. Dramatic Representation
Othello, Act III., Scene 4.
VI. The Philosophy of the Tragedy of Othello . Caroline Fitz Randolph
VII. Discussion of Impersonations of Iago and Othello
At the regular meeting of the Agora held Feb. "7 in Elocution Hall, Miss
Mary Prior, '95, was initiated.
Impromptu Speeches on :
The Bland Seniorage Bill .... Clarissa Benson, '94
The Conviction of McKane ..... Arline Smith, '95
Agitation against the House of Lords . . Martha Waterman, '95
Assigned Parts :
History of Civil Service Reform in the U.S.. . Annie Cobb, '96
The Federal Government should Have Supervision
over Federal Elections . . . Affirmative, Annie Peaks, '96
Negative, Sarah Hadley, '96
Informal discussions followed the presentation of each question.
The Classical Society held a meeting Feb. 24. The following was the pro-
gramme : —
1. General Character of Gothic Architecture .... Grace Albee
2. The Cathedral of Notre Dame Annie Leonard
3. Westminster Abbey and the Cathedral at Canterbury . Mabel Rand
4. Gothic Sculpture and Ornamentation . . . Margaret Simmons
5. Gothic Architecture in Germany, with Examples . . Florence Davis
6. Gothic Palaces Lillian Quinby
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Leaders < ^
THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE.
The Boston Wellesley College Club held a meeting at Hotel Thorndike, Feb-
ruary 24. The members thoroughly enjoyed the interesting talk given them by
Fraulein Wenkebach, the guest of the afternoon, upon "The System of Higher
Education in Germany."
The Boston Wellesley College Club desires to accord its deep sense of the loss
which it has sustained by the death ot President Shafer. It comes as a private as
well as a public loss, for the influence of her noble character extended far beyond
the circle of her personal friends, so that many honored her, not alone for her
great attainments but also for her beautiful life, the memory of which remains as
a solace and an inspiration.
It is the will of the club that copies of this letter be sent to the family of the
late president and to the Wellesley Magazine.
Jennie M. Thurber, '92 ")
Alice Vant George, '87 > Committee
Frances W. Hill )
Miss Roberta Allen, once of '93, is studying violin with Franz Kniesel.
Miss Mary Young, '93, to Mr. Edward O. Bagg, have been announced.
Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer and Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson spoke to
the Boston Branch of Collegiate Alumna? on Fellowships for Women, Feb. 10,
'94, at 2 p. m., in the Claflin Room, Boston University, 12 Somerset St.
The section of the Boston Branch interested in child-study met for a report and
discussion of observations on Feb. 10, in the room used by the College Club,
Prof. Royce of Harvard spoke to the Boston Branch of Collegiate Alumna? on
Imitation, Saturday, March 3, in the Claflin Room, Boston University, 12 Som-
The first meeting of the Wellesley people of Los Angeles, California, was
held on Feb. 13 at the home of one of the girls. There were fifteen or more
present. Letters were read from friends at college, Wellesley songs and the
Wellesley cheer were given and college refreshments — fruit, crackers and
olives — were served. But the best part was the meeting with so many loyal
Wellesley people, in this far away place. L. Lebus, '89.
334 THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE.
Emma Blakeman, '75-'77, now Mrs. Alfred D. Early, is living in Rockford,
Mrs. George F. McKibben, better known as Lizzie Stilwell, '75-'77, is teaching
in Granville Female College, Granville, Ohio.
Miss Maud G. Hoxsie, Sp., '77-'82, is attending Dr. Sargent's Normal Train-
ing School of physical culture in Cambridge.
Miss Cora Stickney, 'So, is spending some months in New York for art study.
Dora Chamberlain, Sp., '81, now Mrs. Wade, is living in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mrs. Gertie Gibson Haskall, '8i-'82, and Mrs. Edith Gibson Hodge, '8i-'82,
are living in Kalamazoo.
Mrs. Harriet Emerson Hinchliffe, '82, and her children have been spending the
winter in Florida.
Miss Jessie Reid, '84, spent Sunday, Feb. 18, at Wellesley. Miss Reid is still
in charge of the educational department of Macmillan & Co.'s New York pub-
The friends of Mrs. Mary Meddeck Nelles, '84, will be sorry to learn of the
death of her husband, Dr. Alexander Nelles, late assistant superintendent of the
Willard State Hospital, N. Y.
jffie F. Dwver, '86, is teaching in the High Sch ool in Waltham, Mass.
anme 1. orowi^^oo^^eaciungin^p^rvat^scrK
Address, 88 Rutledge street.
Miss Lillian B. Miner, '88, is teaching English in Shepardson College, Gran-
Miss Alice Brewster and Miss Katharine Lane, both of '89, spent Feb. 1 1 with
their classmate, Mrs. Mary Bean Jones, in Nonistown, Pa. At the same time
Miss Mary Stinson, '89, entertained Miss Bessie Macky and Miss Maud Crane of
the same class.
Miss Anna L. Dingley, '89, is working on the Lewiston Evening Journal.
Miss Dingley's address is 291 Court street, Auburn, Me.
Miss Dorothy Dole, '89, is teaching in the Brooklyn Hill Institute, Win-
The address of Mrs. Mary Edwards Twitchell, '89, is 214 Sixth Ave., Brooklyn.
Miss Caroline R. Fletcher, '89, is teaching in Abbot Academy, Andover, Mass.
Miss Eleanor Gamble, '89, is still teaching Greek and Latin in the Plattsburgh,
N. Y., Normal School.
Miss Edith M. James, '89, is teaching music and playing a church organ at
her home, Omaha, Neb. Miss James's address is 2413 Capitol Ave.
THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE. 335
Miss Gertrude James, '89, is teaching in the Lincoln, Neb., High School.
Dr. Martha B. Morehead, 'Sy-'Sc), is superintendent of the Northwestern Hos-
pital, Minneapolis, Minn.
Miss Emily Brown, '90, is at home regaining strength after serious ill health
during the summer.
Miss Helen Stillwell, at Wellesley from 'S8 to '90, is living at her home in
Miss Margaret Wrenn, '91, has returned from her visit to Philadelphia to her
home, Highland Park, Chicago, 111.
Miss Margaret Hazen, '91, has been visiting her sister in Boston and Miss Mary
Bowles, formerly of '91, at Wellesley.
Miss Alice S. Clement, '91, is studying vocal music with Mr. Wm. Winch,
Miss Dora B. Emerson, '92, has been in Philadelphia since January.
Miss Katharine J. Lane, '89, is doing some work in music and German, in
addition to her teaching, at Freehold, N. J.
Miss Lucia Leffingwell, '89, is at home, Montclair, N. J., after a trip South,
taken for her health.
Miss Bessie Macky, '89, has recently suffered a great loss in the death of her
father. She is still engaged at work in the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia.
Miss Clara B. Mowry, '89, is teaching at Riverside, Mass.
Miss Minnie Orr, '89 is still teaching in the Washington, D. C, high school.
Miss Clara F. Preston, '89, is teaching in the high school, Nashua, N. H.
Miss Florence Soule, '89, is teaching in Mankato, Minn. Address, 610 So.
Miss Mary A. Tefft is teaching in Hartshorn Memorial College, Richmond, Va.
The address of Miss Mary A. Winston, '89, is 58 Pinckney street, Boston,
Miss Grace Andrews, '89, visited Miss Teller, '89, during the first week of
Miss Emily E. Briggs, '92, will spend the next six months in southern Cali-
fornia. Her address is 693 Los Robles Ave., Pasadena.
The engagement of Miss Abigail Brooks, '92, has been announced.
Miss Winnie J. Libby is studying in the Normal School at Cleveland, O.
Miss Agnes Shaw, '92, has returned from her Western visit to her home in
Miss Candace Stimson, '92, has been visiting Miss Florence Converse.
Miss Delight Sweetzer (student at Wellesley, '90-'9i) has been visiting, in
336 THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE.
January, Miss Mary Elizabeth Lewis, '91, at Coates College, Terre Haute, Ind.
Grace Linscott, formerly of the class of '96, is at her home in Boston.
The engagement of Miss Frances Stuart, '94, to Mr. DeMott of Bowdoin
College has been announced.
DENISON HOUSE, BOSTON COLLEGE SETTLEMENT.
Miss Mary Seavens, formerly of '97, is taking charge of a club of small boys
on Thursday afternoons from four to five.
Mis* Vida D. Scudder sailed for Naples on the Augusta Victoria, Saturday,
Among the college students who have recently visited Denison House are Miss
Scribner, Miss Hiller, Miss Percy and friends, Miss Mary Meller, Miss Margaret
Dudley, Miss Newcomb, Miss Shultz and Miss Grace Edwards.
A contribution of $45 has recent'y come for relief work from Dana Hall. A
contribution of $21 has come through Fraulein Habermeyer for the same purpose.
Miss Scudder spoke before the Social Science Club on Chartism in January.
On Jan. 31 she gave a lecture on Ruskin at the Prospect Union, Cambridge.
The Prospect Union is a club of workingmen, taught by Harvard University
instructors and students. Miss Scudder spoke at the Nationalists' Club, Boston,
Goodrich — Carter. At Montclair, N. J., Nov. 14. 1893, Jeannette M. Carter, '81-83,
and Rev. Charles Lyman Goodrich. At home, 214 W. Seventh Street, Plainfield, N. J.
February, 1894, a daughter, Katherine May, to Mrs. Grace Barker Basford, '86-'87.
Jan. 1, 1894, in Kansas City, a daughter, Dorothy Hathaway, to Mrs. Henriette Cone
Died, at her home, West Newton, Mass., on evening of Feb. 24, 1894, Mary L. Houghton,
of the Class of Ninety-six.
Whereas, it has been the will of our Heavenly Father to take to Himself our friend
and classmate, Mary L. Houghton, be it
Resolved, that we, the Class of Ninety-six, would hereby express our deep sorrow
at the loss of her, the first of our number to be taken from us, and that we extend our
heartfelt sympathy to her family in their bereavement; and
Resolved, that we express our appreciation of the privilege of having known a life so
pure and beautiful.
Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to her family and to the Wellesley
Helena De Cou
For the Class
Elizabeth Haynes of Ninety-six.
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Session '93 -'94 opens October 1st, 1893- Three years Graded Course. Instruction by Lectures, Clinics,
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